'Oxfam must be held to account, not given free pass like other charities', says Taxpayers' Alliance

'Oxfam must be held to account, not given free pass like other charities', says Taxpayers' Alliance

Oxfam has been accused of a cover up over Haiti aid workers

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Charities are often given a free pass when they come under controversy because they do good work, but Oxfam must now be held to account, according to a leading figure at The Taxpayers' Alliance.

Oxfam has been accused of covering up an inquiry which allegedly found that aid workers in Haiti had paid local prostitutes for sex after the country's 2011 earthquake. The UK Government donated £31.7 million to the charity in 2016/17.

Alex Wild, research director at The Taxpayers' Alliance, told Mike Graham and Katie Perrior that action is necessary because "too often these organisations are almost given a bit of a free pass and we say 'oh well they do some good stuff, it’s a few bad eggs.'

"Can you imagine if this had been a private company that the Government had paid to deliver this? I think the outrage would be significantly stronger."

He believes funding should be "opened up to more potentially smaller charities. We’d probably end up getting better value for money."

Although "there's sort of a rush to shove the requisite amount of money out the door to hit this target" for aid, Wild said that the funding "should be based on what’s needed.

"It may be that some years its particularly bad for natural disasters [and] some years it might not be quite so bad" so then "we might want to spend the money elsewhere or not spend it at all."

Oxfam's deputy chief executive, Penny Lawrence, has resigned over the scandal, adding that she was "ashamed" of the way the charity handled the Haiti allegations. However Oxfam denies a cover-up.

Listen to the full interview above

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