Children's charity Kids Company has been forced to close after it failed to secure sufficient funds, despite the latest £3m government grant. The charity is said to have failed to persuade philanthropists to match government funding after being accused of financial mismanagement while also being under threat of a police investigation into crimes on its premises. The closure has left the government scrambling to secure support for the children the charity helped. Editorials in the Guardian and the Independent both say the story poses the question of how accountability works when the state subcontracts essential social services to charities which it funds with public money but does not control.
The Guardian, The Independent