Authorization

National Crime Agency contacted over Oxfam scandal

The International Development Secretary is to meet the National Crime Agency over the Oxfam scandal.
Speaking about the controversy engulfing the charity, Penny Mordaunt said: "While investigations have to be completed and any potential criminal prosecuted accordingly, what is clear is that the culture that allowed this to happen needs to change and it needs to change now."She said she would meet the NCA on Thursday following a week of talks with charity bosses, regulators and experts.:: How Oxfam sexual misconduct scandal unfolded
:: How Oxfam makes and spends its millions
:: Oxfam 'gave us no details about shamed ex-worker'Charities receiving UK aid have been told to show "full transparency" and outline assurances about their safeguarding processes."If our standards are not met, then the British taxpayer will not continue to fund them," Ms Mordaunt said.
National Crime Agency contacted over Oxfam scandal

Video:
How does the Oxfam scandal affect donations?
The comments follow claims that some of Oxfam's aid workers used prostitutes in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake.Speaking in the Swedish capital Stockholm, the minister issued a stern warning to the charity that its Government funding could be at risk over its handling of the allegations.She said it was "not solely the actions perpetrated" by Oxfam workers but "the way the organisation responded". She said the crackdown should be a "wake-up call" to the aid sector.The politician said the charity failed to show "moral leadership" and properly inform donors, regulators and prosecutors of the allegations.Ms Mordaunt added: "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 to put the beneficiaries of aid first."
National Crime Agency contacted over Oxfam scandal

Image:
Ms Mordaunt said no organisation was 'too big' to have funding removed
She also said her department had created a new safeguarding unit to "urgently look into how we can stop sexual abusers and predators being reemployed by charities".Officials from Oxfam are due to meet the Charity Commission on Wednesday. A spokeswoman for the charity regulator confirmed the meeting but could not give further details.
Oxfam partners, including Marks & Spencer, Visa and Waterstones have been in touch with the charity and have said they are monitoring the situation.A spokesperson for fellow partner Heathrow Airport said: "We are in touch with the charity and are taking this matter very seriously."A Visa spokesperson added: "We are engaged with Oxfam to understand what steps have been taken to address staff misconduct and ensure alignment with our own standards and values."
National Crime Agency contacted over Oxfam scandal

Video:
'Complete confidence' in Oxfam chief amid scandal
Waterstones said it would listen to "assurances" given by the charity's bosses.Meanwhile, actress Minnie Driver has become the first celebrity to quit as an Oxfam ambassador following the Haiti revelations.And member of the House of Commons' international development select committee Nigel Evans has demanded Oxfam's chief executive Mark Goldring step down because he is "part of the problem".The Tory MP told The Times: "By what Mr Goldring has already conceded, he should go. He has admitted that he didn't take on board what his own safeguarding officer was saying."He's part of the problem, not the solution. Let's get somebody else in who can cleanse the organisation."The Government spent €13.4bn on foreign aid last year, which is 0.7% of GDP. That figure includes almost €31.7m in funding for Oxfam.
More from UK

Mother of overdose woman said she died with 'no respect'


Builder Mujahid Arshid found guilty of murdering niece Celine Dookhran


Priti Patel: Oxfam boss Mark Goldring 'should resign'


Man dies after 'serious accident' involving two vehicles at Heathrow


'No prospect' of Northern Ireland deal as talks between DUP and Sinn Fein break down


Fury as Tesco takes payments months after people shopped

The charity also relies heavily on public donations, with €115m of its total income coming from donations, legacies and a Disasters Emergency Committee appeal. Retail sales contributed more than €90m.Following the allegations coming to light, Oxfam issued an "unreserved apology" to the Government, donors, supporters and the people of Haiti over its handling of the claims.
See also:
Leave a comment
News
  • Latest
  • Read
  • Commented
Calendar Content
«    Май 2018    »
ПнВтСрЧтПтСбВс
 123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
28293031