Penny Mordaunt issues fresh funding warning to Oxfam

Tim Hunter

ITVThis Morning Tim Hunter apologised for Oxfam's Haiti scandal

British charity Oxfam on Wednesday said more than 1,200 people had discontinued their regular donations to the organisation while allegations of a sexual misconduct scandal surfaced.

LONDON, Feb 12 (Reuters) - The deputy head of Oxfam resigned on Monday over what she said was the British charity's failure to adequately respond to past allegations of sexual misconduct by some of its staff in Haiti and Chad.

The 48-year-old actress has worked with the charity for over 20 years but has chose to step down after a recent investigation revealed an alleged cover-up of aid workers' use of prostitutes in Haiti.

In a tweet, she said: "All I can tell you about this very bad revelation about Oxfam is that I am devastated".

Aid minister Penny Mordaunt, who threatened on Sunday to withdraw government funding from Oxfam unless it gave the full facts about events in Haiti, summoned senior managers from the charity to a meeting on Monday.

After these revelations, Penny Mordaunt, the Secretary of State for International Development, summoned Oxfam officials to demand all information on this case, threatening to cut the yearly public aid donated to the NGO (€35.7 million in government subsidies in 2017).

Mordaunt said: "I know people will be anxious about the charity, they'll be anxious about the money, but we need to be guided by what the Charity Commission are doing. these decisions shouldn't be taken hastily, but I am considering them".

Oxfam's leaders are accused of trying to cover up the behaviour of some of its senior staff members deployed to Haiti after the devastating 2010 natural disaster.

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.

The scandal has led to the resignation of Oxfam's deputy head and has thrown into question government funding for the charity, which amounted to around £32 million (36 million euros, $44 million) previous year.

Priti Patel told Nick she wouldn't donate to Oxfam.

The Charity Commission has launched a statutory inquiry into Oxfam but no details have yet been released about the extent of this.

Oxfam said Evans' work had led to concrete steps to improve the way the organisation deals with safeguarding issues. But when it is perpetrated by people in positions of power, people we entrust to help and protect, it rightly sickens and disgusts.

Oxfam partners, including Marks & Spencer, Visa and Waterstones have been in touch with the charity and have said they are monitoring the situation.

Save The Children said it had never employed van Hauwermeiren, who left his role with Merlin nine years before the two organisations merged.

During the probe, Oxfam dismissed four staff members and another three resigned, including van Hauwermeiren.

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