Kids Company’s Camila Batmanghelidjh asked to step down by government
Policy editor, Newsnight
2 July 2015
From the section UK Politics
David Cameron and Camila Batmanghelidjh
A high-profile charity has been told it will not get more public funding unless its celebrated chief executive, Camila Batmanghelidjh, is replaced.
A collaboration between BBC Newsnight and BuzzFeed revealed that officials are withholding £3m from Kids Company.
The Cabinet Office has concerns about the charity’s ability to run itself.
Ms Batmanghelidjh said: “At this stage, I’m not at liberty to comment. I have to safeguard the provision for the children and the staff.”
The charity, which started in south London and supports deprived young people and their families, is one of the most high-profile in Britain, and regularly hosts leading politicians.
It relies heavily on public funding: in the last set of published accounts, for 2013, the government provided £4m, about one fifth of its annual £20m funding.
The charity is also synonymous with its charismatic leader, Ms Batmanghelidjh – to meet their funding ultimatum, officials suggest she should take the non-executive position of “president”.
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Source:: BBC UK