MPs lambast government over Kids Company | Diabetes UK apology for fundraising breach | Increase Charity Commission resources, says Major

Plus: Four charities in High Court wrangle over will | London Zoo criticised over unpaid intern | Financial woes forcing charity mergers

MPs have called for a fundamental reivew of how grants are paid to charities in a highly critical report about the government’s funding of the defunct charity Kids Company.

The Fundraising Standards Board has told Diabetes UK to apologise to supporters after it broke fundraising rules during a campaign run with telephone agency, Listen Fundraising.

Former Conservative Prime Minister Sir John Major has called for the remit and resources of the Charity Commission to be increased and for the regulator to encourage charities to merge where the circumstances are appropriate.

Four charities are involved in a legal dispute with the son of a 95-year-old woman with Alzheimer’s over a £1.6m inheritance in a case that was heard in the High Court yesterday.

The Zoological Society of London has come under fire after advertising for a graduate to work as an unpaid intern on an international project for six months.

Financial distress is a bigger factor in charity mergers than clear-headed planning, according to The Good Merger Index which said that more than half of the organisations involved in deals in which they became part of another organisation or merged with an organisation of roughly the same size had made a loss in the most recent financial year before the merger.

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