Thursday 31 October 2019 / 5:56 PM Tom Watson

Tom Watson responds to DCMS review into Hacker House

Tom Watson MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, commenting on the DCMS review into Hacker House, said:

“”This ‘review’ is a complete whitewash. The documents published raise more questions than we had before.

“No one reading Hacker House’s grant application would give the company a penny, let alone £100,000 of tax payers’ money.

“The fundamental question of why Hacker House was ever given this grant remains unanswered. The public deserve to know why their money was handled so irresponsibly. We will not let this lie.”

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Notes to Editors

  • Jennifer Arcuri’s heavily redacted application is strewn with spelling mistakes, errors and shocking statements
  • The application makes clear the grant is to fund the continued running of her company, and the salaries of her staff.
  • Section 4.1 states the organisation’s annual income as ‘£0’
  • In point 3.4 of application form, Arcuri writes: “The budget I have requested is to offer each other my team a full time role for [BLANK] months vs paying them month to month. The reason we work with these people are their many hours of dedication and precious time spent on this project to see it through to completion. What this grant money allows us to do is manage a better work life balance with a pay check, and deliver an innovated product that will bring professionals into industry.”
  • In section 4.3 of the application Arcuri writes: “while we aren’t currently profitable, within 12 months, with the help of DCMS: we absolutely will be.”
  • In section 5.5 of the application Arcuri writes: ‘Request to be paid a month in advance so we don’t run out of cash”
  • Source: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/843769/Appendix_3_CSIIF_Application_Form_form_Hacker_House.pdf