Called to ordure
Private Eye No. 1406
27 November–10 December 2015
The further MPs probe into the Kids Company affair, (a British charity
that received millions in public funds) the smellier things become. The
latest parliamentary hearing into the bankrupt charity had MPs shaking
their heads in amazement.
The committee also examined the use by the Cabinet Office of a report
by accountants PwC on a series of complaints leveled at Kids Company,
such as buying a pair of designer shoes for a “client”. The accountants
found that one complaint had no merit and the others would require more
The report had been commissioned by Kids Company and prepared by PwC in
just three days, so of course no smoking gun was found.
committee chairman Bernard Jenkin how he felt “about your report
basically being used as propaganda to get money out of the taxpayer
that clearly should not have been paid”, PwC partner Will Richardson
insisted: “We did a very good job with a good team, which I am very
proud of, in a very short period of time.”
“How much do you think ‘he who pays the piper calls the tune’ is a
sufficient justification for the professional conduct of a major firm
of auditors?” was another question Richardson stonewalled.