On the 29th October I asked this Business question. Leader of the House Chris Grayling's answer did not help. While other PMs were excessively generous to KC, the rot set in from 2010 when Ms B. became the 'Poster Girl of the Big Society.' It was her 'Dear Dave' letters that did it.
Paul Flynn (Newport West) (Lab):
When can we debate the convention that serving Prime Ministers are not invited to give evidence to Select Committees? There is compelling evidence now that three Prime Ministers were unwittingly but directly involved in an enterprise that cost the taxpayers many millions of pounds. Is it not important, too, that we understand why three Prime Ministers were infatuated by the delusional fraudsters of Kids Company?
There are two points to make here. First, I think everyone on both sides of the House is deeply distressed to see what has become of Kids Company. That is not good news for any of us. The second point is to remember that, notwithstanding what has gone wrong in that charity, some people who volunteered for it did some very important work and believed in what they were doing, and I do not think we should decry that work. I also say to the hon. Gentleman that we have a Liaison Committee made up of some of the most senior people in this House and that Committee meets the Prime Minister and questions him each month. It is in my view precisely the vehicle the hon. Gentleman is looking for.
(NOTE: Liaison Committee is no substitute to appearing before Committee that is probing the issue. The Liaison Committee has a large Tory majority of establishment people who will not want to rock the boat.)
Ms B informed her staff on how she coaxed money out of politicians.
“There was definitely loving blackmail, arm-twisting and all manner of ghetto-strategies before we got to this point. But you know that we love politicians, we have compassion for them, and we are always waiting to rehabilitate them. Read between the lines,” she said.
When closure became a possibility, KC threatened:
That the sudden closure of its services could create a high risk of social unrest, including riots, looting and arson attacks on government buildings.
The charity closed suddenly on 5 August, less than a week after it received a £3m grant from the Cabinet Office authorised by ministers Oliver Letwin and Matthew Hancock against the advice of senior civil servants. The leaked document also listed other potential risk factors for vulnerable clients should the charity go under, including increases in gun and knife crime, neglect and starvation.KC said, “Without a functioning space for hope, positivity and genuine care, these communities will descend into savagery due to sheer desperation for basic needs to be met.”
The reports quote unnamed civil servants dismissing the document’s claims as “absurd”, “hysterical” and “extraordinary”.