Government will not investigate claims that information was leaked about Kids Company

The defunct charity's former chief executive, Camila Batmanghelidjh, told the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee that sources within government were responsible for the leaks

Government: no investigation
Government: no investigation

The government has no plans to investigate whether information about Kids Company was leaked to the media in the lead-up to the closure of the charity, according to the Cabinet Office.

During a Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee hearing  earlier this month, Camila Batmanghelidjh, the founder and former chief executive of Kids Company, alleged that sources within government had repeatedly leaked information to the media about the charity.

Batmanghelidjh told the committee: "Some civil servants have been brilliant, but some civil servants have been malicious and unprofessional, and behaved in ways that is not respectful of a democracy."

Batmanghelidjh and Alan Yentob, chair of the charity and creative director at the BBC, said it was not clear who had leaked the documents, but Yentob told the committee that some of the information about the restructuring of the organisation that got into the public domain had been shared only by the trustees and the Cabinet Office.

Both Yentob and Batmanghelidjh, however, told the committee they did not believe the Cabinet Office was the source of the leaks. "There were documents leaked, but I don’t know where from," said Yentob.

Batmanghelidjh told the committee: "I have incredible nervousness about the type of briefings that have been flying around between government and elements of the media. I think this is something that needs to be looked into more robustly."

A spokeswoman for the Cabinet Office said the government had no plans to launch an investigation into the alleged leaks and had received no complaints.

In June, ministers in the Cabinet Office overruled a senior civil servant’s objections to Kids Company receiving a £3m grant. The charity closed in early August because of lack of funding.

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