Ox­fam face los­ing £31m tax­payer aid

Char­ity warned on fund­ing over sex al­le­ga­tions

Daily Record - - INFO - DAVID HUGHES

OX­FAM’S han­dling of sex al­le­ga­tions has been con­demned by the Gov­ern­ment – with a threat that £31mil­lion in tax­payer fund­ing could be cut off.

In­ter­na­tional Devel­op­ment Sec­re­tary Penny Mor­daunt said the char­ity had failed to show “moral lead­er­ship” and failed to prop­erly in­form donors, reg­u­la­tors and prose­cu­tors about the ac­tions of their work­ers.

Hollywood star Min­nie Driver has be­come the first celebrity to quit as an Ox­fam am­bas­sador amid al­le­ga­tions that se­nior staff work­ing in cri­sis zones paid for sex with vul­ner­a­ble lo­cals.

The char­ity also face a chal­lenge to hang on to ma­jor cor­po­rate part­ners.

In a speech, Mor­daunt tore into Ox­fam over their re­sponse to the rev­e­la­tions about aid work­ers in Haiti in 2011.

She said: “The rev­e­la­tions about Ox­fam – not solely the ac­tions per­pe­trated by a num­ber of those staff but the way the or­gan­i­sa­tion re­sponded to those events – should be a wake-up call to the sec­tor. They let per­pe­tra­tors go. They did not in­form donors, their reg­u­la­tor or pros­e­cut­ing au­thor­i­ties.”

Ox­fam re­ceived £31.7mil­lion in tax­payer fund­ing in 2016-17 but Mor­daunt in­di­cated that could be at risk, adding: “No or­gan­i­sa­tion is too big, or our work with them too com­plex, for me to hes­i­tate to re­move fund­ing from them if we can­not trust them.”

Mean­while, Marks & Spencer, who run a part­ner­ship with Ox­fam, said they’re mon­i­tor­ing how the char­ity are deal­ing with the scan­dal, adding: “These are very se­ri­ous al­le­ga­tions.”

Other Ox­fam part­ners such as Visa and Heathrow Air­port also said they were ex­am­in­ing the sit­u­a­tion.

SPEECH Min­is­ter Penny Mor­daunt blasted Ox­fam

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