A Good Reputation Shattered

Oxfam's deputy chief executive Penny Lawrence resigned this afternoon admitting she is 'ashamed' the prostitute scandal happened on her watch.
Oxfam’s deputy chief executive Penny Lawrence resigned this afternoon admitting she is ‘ashamed’ the prostitute scandal happened on her watch.

Oxfam’s deputy chief executive Penny Lawrence resigned this afternoon admitting she is ‘ashamed’ the prostitute scandal happened on her watch.

Ms Lawrence was the programme director for Oxfam’s Chad and Haiti relief efforts, which have been plunged into scandal after investigations revealed staff paid victims for sex.

Ms Lawrence’s decision to quit her £99,000 a year post came after Oxfam chiefs were hauled into Whitehall amid claims they should lose millions in taxpayer funding.

And a whistleblower said the scandal extended to UK Oxfam stores, where dozens of cases of abuse had been referred to bosses in recent years.

The charity’s bosses issued a groveling apology to International development Secretary Penny Mordaunt and ‘told of the deep sense of disgrace and shame’ they feel.

The Aid Secretary announced a fleet of measures to toughen up oversight of the charity sector – including the creation of a new unit to urgently review safeguarding across all parts of the aid sector.

And she gave Oxfam one week to prove they will meet the proper high standards in handling allegations – or face having their funding pulled.

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