Kids Company confirms closure | Charities that call donors registered with TPS 'could be fined' | BAAF closes with the loss of 50 jobs

Plus: Voting extended for Britain's Most Admired Charities | Sector grants halved in charities minister's constituency | SCVO chief calls for Charity Commission chair to resign

Kids Company
Kids Company

The children’s charity Kids Company has closed, with its founder and president, Camila Batmanghelidjh, blaming "rumour-mongering civil servants, ill-spirited ministers and the media". A statement on Wednesday evening on behalf of the trustees of the charity, which had 580 staff, said it had shut down because of a lack of funding.

Charities and fundraising agencies that call existing donors who are also registered with the Telephone Preference Service are in breach of the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations and could be subject to enforcement action, the Information Commissioner’s Office has said. Speaking at a telephone fundraising summit hosted by the Fundraising Standards Board and the Institute of Fundraising last week, representatives from the ICO told delegates that organisations that seriously breached the regalations could face penalties of up to £500,000.

The British Association for Adoption and Fostering, which helped find substitute families for children, has closed and transferred some of its functions to other charities, with the loss of 51 jobs. The BAAF announced the move last week, saying "significant changes and economic conditions" had made it impossible to sustain the organisation.

The deadline has been extended for charity chief executives who want to vote in this year’s Britain’s Most Admired Charities awards. Chief executives of charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises now have until 5pm on Friday 14 August to cast their votes online here.

Voluntary sector organisations located in the parliamentary constituency of charities minister Rob Wilson are facing significant cuts, after Reading Borough Council revealed plans to reduce grants to the sector by almost £1m over the next two years.

Martin Sime, chief executive of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, has called for William Shawcross to resign as chair of the Charity Commission following the "inexcusable" comments he made in The Times newspaper about charities last weekend.

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