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August 21, 2007

Kids Company

There's one side to this, the side that Libby Purves puts forward. That a charity such as Kids Company, doing good work on a shoestring, should indeed have long term government funding: that it needs to hav visibility and security.

There's also the other side of it. That if such funding is put in place, then the government will (not unnaturally) want to conrol what is done with it. Enter the army of box tickers, reducing the very effectiveness that made the idea of funding attractive in the first place.

Worth remembering that possibly the most effective charity in the country, the RNLI, refuses any government aid.

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If people paid less tax, then they'd have more left over to fund these worthy charities.

Real Charities only take donations and reject money from the state.

Posted by: AntiCitizenOne | Aug 21, 2007 12:10:39 PM

I agree with the tenor of your argument, but reading the various articles about the fundraising Camilla's done, she might feel a few box-tickers was worth more than the forty thousand funding applications she's been doing each year apparently to raise the money privately from charity!

I suspect she has become aa victim of her own successes - in a more equitable world a. one would hope her particular charity would be less necessary, and b. if it were necessary does it really have to be a behemoth seekings to help tens of thousands across London, or would it be better starting as she did as a very local effort raising money from a few very local sources that have a better feedback mechanism from the local people they are helping.

Sometimes money from large charitable trusts like EF is less effective and not dissimilar to government funding.

Posted by: Jock | Aug 21, 2007 12:49:50 PM

"the most effective charity in the country, the RNLI, refuses any government aid"

Yes and thank goodness.

The day they take the government's shilling, will be the day my (not inconsiderable) donations dry up.

I hope it never comes.

Posted by: Andrew Duffin | Aug 21, 2007 6:14:11 PM

As a coastal dweller, I'm with Andrew Duffin here. Government interference would be the kiss of death for the RNLI. I don't want them to get lumbered with a "diversity policy". There's a distinct shortage of drowning black lesbians around here, so the boat and crew would be confiscated and re-deployed to Moss Side. They'd have a challenging time launching the b*gger there...

Posted by: Monty | Aug 21, 2007 6:28:10 PM