When will Kids Company inquiry report be published, former minister asks government

The former Labour sports minister Baroness Hoey has tabled questions in the House of Lords about the defunct charity

Baroness Hoey (Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Baroness Hoey (Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

The former government minister Baroness Hoey has asked the government to confirm when the Charity Commission will publish its long-awaited report of its inquiry into Kids Company. 

Hoey yesterday tabled written questions in the House of Lords about the regulator’s inquiry and the Official Receiver’s failed attempt to bring disqualification proceedings against some of the charity’s former trustees and Camila Batmanghelidjh, its founder and former chief executive.

The commission opened an inquiry into Kids Company after the charity’s abrupt closure in August 2015, but this was then put on hold while the disqualification proceedings played out at the High Court. 

That case was dismissed in February this year and the OR ruled out an appeal the following month, but the commission has yet to publish the report into its inquiry. 

A spokesperson for the Charity Commission said: “As well as having a direct impact on the charity, its beneficiaries, staff and supporters, the collapse of Kids Company had a wider effect on public confidence in charities, and so it is important that lessons are learned for the future.

"Owing to the Official Receiver’s investigation, aspects of the commission’s inquiry were placed on hold pending the outcome of the subsequent High Court proceedings. The High Court issued its detailed judgement on 12 February 2021. The commission intends to publish its inquiry report as soon as possible.”

Hoey also asked the government how much public money was spent by the OR on the High Court case and whether any of the defendants received any public money to successfully defend the proceedings. 

The questions are due to be answered by 29 December.

Hoey served as sports minister in the Labour government but is a non-affiliated peer. 

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