Tuesday, October 27, 2015


Civil Society has found another example of how much support was given from central government to Kids Company.

Two civil servants were seconded to the charity for thirteen months starting in 2011. They made 82 funding applications to local authorities, as part of an agreed strategy to move from central government support. All the applications failed.

Meanwhile the Public Accounts Select Committee has announced its own 'short inquiry'  into government funding of Kids Company. They've called Richard Heaton, former Permanent Secretary at the Cabinet Office and Chris Wormald, Permanent Secretary at the Department for Education, for questions next Monday.

  • Alan Yentob, BBC Creative Director and former Chairman of Kids Company, was spotted at the Royal Opera House last night, where Carlos Acosta opened in his new production of Carmen, in his last season as a ballet dancer. There's to be an Imagine film about his future plans. Carlos is also signed up to help with a new feature length edition of Imagine, about the culture of his native Havana. The film will also feature Mick Jagger (The Stones are expected to play Havana in March 2016), and is being made by Alan's Somerset neighbour Julien Temple, and may well be ready by the next Venice Film Festival.

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