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Big Society or a Big Load of Old Boll&*ks ?: David Cameron’s Big Society Network Investigated By The Charity Commission For ‘Cronyism’

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David Cameron’s Big Society Network Investigated By The Charity Commission For ‘Cronyism’

Posted: 26/07/2014 10:30 BST Updated: 2 hours ago
DAVID CAMERON
A regulator is investigating the awarding and use of taxpayer-funded grants by the charity set up to lead the Prime Minister’s Big Society initiative amid Labour calls for an investigation into political influence.

The Charity Commission is examining whether Cabinet Office funding for a childhood obesity project was used to pay down the debts of a linked company, the Independent reported.

It is also seeking more information on payments allegedly made for consultancy services to two directors of the charity and its chair Martyn Rose, a Conservative Party donor, it said.

News of the probe came days after a public spending watchdog issued a critical report about how National Lottery and Government funds were handed over to and used by the Big Society Network.

A former trustee of one grants body has claimed it was “forced” to award sums to the project totalling £480,000 without undertaking the usual checks.

Shadow civil society minister Lisa Nandy said she was now asking the Cabinet Secretary to investigate whether “political pressure” was exerted to secure money for ministers’ “pet projects”.

The Big Society Network was launched by David Cameron at 10 Downing Street two months after winning power in 2010, with the aim of encouraging the kind of community work and volunteering he had put at the heart of the Conservative manifesto for that year’s election.

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