In response to reports that the charity “Kids Company” is to close, a Lambeth Council spokesman said: “We are aware of the concerns over the future of Kids Company and its work in Lambeth, and our priority is looking after the children and young people who rely on its services.
“Kids Company is currently contracted by Lambeth council to run a One O’Clock Club and an adventure playground in the borough. The Council will re-open these services as soon as possible, so the children and parents who rely on them are not adversely affected. We are also letting children and parents know about the facilities and activities nearby that are open throughout the summer holidays.
“Kids Company also provides after-hours kids’ clubs to some of our schools. Those services are directly negotiated between the school and the charity. We have already written to schools and are helping to ensure that affected after-hours clubs will resume once the summer holidays are over, with a new provider if necessary.”
In July 2013 Lambeth council committed £193,000 to Kids Company over three years towards running a One O’Clock Club and an adventure playground in the borough.