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Started by Stringerbell on Jul 4, 2015 4:55:58 AM
The Kids Company

Does anyone know whats really going on? What does the charities commission say about the Govt allegations?

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foxybrown - 04 Jul 2015 05:05:05 (#1 of 1625)

I'm waiting on my connect for the inside gossip but heard they didn't account properly for money years ago.

thatshallot - 04 Jul 2015 06:11:02 (#2 of 1625)

Camilla Batmanghelidjh issued a statement saying, "That money was just resting in my account.".

RosyLovelady - 04 Jul 2015 07:16:05 (#3 of 1625)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-33376467

I reckon it's a publicity stunt to nudge the public into believing that if you're helping poor children you must also be a bit of a crook.

SlasherBindman - 04 Jul 2015 08:29:45 (#4 of 1625)

"I am being silenced", she claims. The price of continued government support is her departure and that of the charity's chairman Alan Yentob (Botney).

Further claim here that relations soured after a recent Kids Company campaign was deemed by Whitehall as not showing the government "enough respect."

Hmm.

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jul/03/cam
ila-batmanghelidjh-to-leave-kids-company

SlasherBindman - 04 Jul 2015 08:45:19 (#5 of 1625)

Alternatively they could have just expanded beyond their capacity due to increased demands and failed to keep a tight rein on their finances.

pmcblonde - 04 Jul 2015 08:49:49 (#6 of 1625)

I read a news article where former employees stated that kids were being given envelopes of cash to stay out of gangs with no monitoring of whether they actually stayed out of gangs as the kids only showed up on payday

MonsoonBloom - 04 Jul 2015 08:50:31 (#7 of 1625)

Sounds unlikely to me.

Dementor - 04 Jul 2015 08:51:04 (#8 of 1625)

"Da na na na, na na na na, Batmanghelidjh!" ...

SlasherBindman - 04 Jul 2015 08:55:43 (#9 of 1625)

Apparently this Spectator article caused some of the charity's donors to have misgivings:

http://www.spectator.co.uk/features/9437932/the-trouble-with-kids-company/

Lawlsie - 04 Jul 2015 09:05:50 (#10 of 1625)

I would like to know the real story. Seems some element of truth in both sides - silenced by an embarrassed government but also poor money management?

Sunfish - 04 Jul 2015 09:15:27 (#11 of 1625)

I read that article at the time. It's pretty damning. 'The Morgan Stanley (bleeding) Heart Yard' ffs - hasn't she read any Dickens?

I don't think I'd trust anyone who is enormously fat to run anything - if they can't control their own appetites why should they be trusted with large amounts of money?

MonsoonBloom - 04 Jul 2015 09:16:48 (#12 of 1625)

Ha ha! A funny!

Sunfish - 04 Jul 2015 09:22:55 (#13 of 1625)

Not mine, it's Dickens - Little Dorrit.

RosyLovelady - 04 Jul 2015 09:23:06 (#14 of 1625)

That'll be why Pickles lost his job with the communities etc.

thatshallot - 04 Jul 2015 09:24:55 (#15 of 1625)

Whole communities mysteriously vanished.

MonsoonBloom - 04 Jul 2015 09:25:38 (#16 of 1625)

The pie industry flourished though.

KizzyK - 04 Jul 2015 10:01:28 (#17 of 1625)

Its so obviously a smear campaign. She has been a hugely vocal critic of governmental policies that are putting more and more children into poverty, plus she tells uncomfortable truths about the sides of British society that the tories in particular want to brush under the carpet.

Of course there is also the fact that she holds a copy of the list of ministers involved in child abuse in the 1970's...

SinnerBoy - 04 Jul 2015 10:07:00 (#18 of 1625)

I'd like to see some more evidence, but according to accounts from several people in her organisation, she's a real tyrant.

There have also been accounts from numerous people, regarding the doling out of envelopes of cash.

And apparently, the accounts are in a really shit state.

I'd be more than happy if the above were proved to be politically motivaed bullshit, of course.

KizzyK - 04 Jul 2015 10:11:58 (#19 of 1625)

Well I think 'tyrant' can depend on your viewpoint. She is certainly very intensely committed to the kids and what I heard from someone who worked for Kids Co was that she did expect a lot from staff, wanting them to put in similar levels of committment as her essentially, she feels that is neccessary to help them the most. He said it is genuinely life-saving stuff so you do have to and want to but most people get burnt out fairly quickly as a result. Most people are also not as able as she is to say they are going to waive the chance to have their owns kids because those they work with need them more.

JerkinMcGherkin - 04 Jul 2015 10:12:07 (#20 of 1625)

Well given that they were Cameron's favourite charity and have received government funding, the idea that the government's out to get them is a bit of a stretch. It's more that voices of criticism are now being listened to.

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