In an excellent article in The Conversation, one of our favourite online media outlets offering insightful analysis on current affairs, an explanation is given as to why much loved charity Kids Company struggled to survive, and why that struggle is a modus operandi for so many UK charities.
The analysis is interesting. The article suggests that government has come to rely heavily on charities like Kids Company to fill vast gaps in the welfare sector. But instead of supporting and encouraging these organisations, a culture of results-driven funding and total disregard for the catch-22 this creates leads to a system which carries charities along but makes their position less tenable financially the longer they endure. The contracts-based culture in the sector too does not help, and the piece goes on to detail very clearly why that is so.
The overall prognosis is depressing. Government is abusing effective and useful services…
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