Misuse of Charity Money

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Ian McKay
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Misuse of Charity Money

Post by Ian McKay » Tue May 22, 2018 9:21 pm

The UK Charity Commission does not like it when charity money is spent on lawyers writing aggressive letters in an attempt to silence bad publicity. MPs don’t like it either.

The Save the Children charity was accused today of spending £100,000 on lawyers to try to “shut down” media reporting of sexual harassment cases involving senior staff.

Sir Alan Parker, ex-chairman of the charity, was questioned by MPs on the international development select committee about the handling of investigations into claims against the former senior executives Justin Forsyth and Brendan Cox.

The Charity Commission is investigating the handling of cases in 2012 and 2015 and the organisation has stopped bidding for funds from the Department for International Development pending the outcome of the inquiry.

Sir Alan was asked why Save The Children had hired the City law firm Harbottle & Lewis to send “aggressive” letters to media organisations covering the issues. The Times is one of several to have received a letter this year.

The Tory MP Pauline Latham asked Sir Alan why the charity had spent money donated by the public to hire lawyers to challenge the media.

See the full news article at https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news ... -r3bpl9fm7

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