Chair of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), Meg Hillier, has issued a statement today following the publication of the National Audit Office's report into its investigation of the Government's funding of Kids Company.
The PAC announced an inquiry into the closure of Kids Company on 26 October ahead of the National Audit Office publication. The PAC inquiry marks the third official inquiry, in addition to one already being run by the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee and a statutory inquiry launched by the Charity Commission in August 2015. All these inquiries use public funds in times of austerity, so it must be hoped that they will all work together and not duplicate their investigations.
Departmental officials will be giving evidence to the PAC inquiry on Monday 2 November. Under Margaret Hodge's chairmanship, the PAC developed a reputation for a rather combative style, so observers may be interested to see if that will continue under Ms Hillier's new chairmanship.
"Government departments have questions to answer about how they held the charity to account for spending taxpayers’ hard earned money. We will be quizzing key government officials on Monday about their approach."