Ministers warned six times about Kids Company | Charities 'must be tougher on fraud' | Family foundation giving expected to rise

Plus: Fundraising code changes cut Scope's call lists | Charities face closure without national living wage help | Negative coverage 'mutilating the face of charity'

Kids Company
Kids Company

Ministers ignored warnings from officials about the state of Kids Company’s finances on six occasions, according to a report from the National Audit Office. The report shows that the charity, which closed abruptly in August, received public funding totalling £46m over the past 15 years. 

Charities need to be prepared to take tougher action against employees who are found to be committing fraud, according to Pesh Framjee, head of not-for-profit at the auditors Crowe Clark Whitehill. He said charities were too often unwilling to take legal action against fraudulent employees, which was creating an environment in which fraud could more easily happen.

Giving by the UK’s 100 largest family foundations is likely to rise next year following increases in their income and assets during 2013/14, according to the latest Family Foundation Giving Trends survey, published by the Association of Charitable Foundations.

The Institute of Fundraising’s code change prohibiting fundraisers from calling donors who are registered with the Telephone Preference Service without their express consent has reduced Scope’s call lists by up to 80 per cent, according to Alan Gosschalk, the disability charity’s director of fundraising.

Charities that deliver public service contracts face the "very real prospect of closure" unless the government amends public service contracts to take into account the new national living wage, charity leaders have said in a letter to George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Sir Stephen Bubb, chief executive of the charity leaders’ group Acevo, has warned that the recent treatment of the voluntary sector has "begun to mutilate the face of charity" and "it is time to shake hands" with the sector’s critics and move forward together.

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