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Charities watchdog set to be led by poetry and finance specialist

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The chair of National Poetry Day, Martin Thomas, is expected to be awarded the politically sensitive role of head of the Charity Commission. Thomas, a finance and insurance specialist, is set to take up the £62,000 a ...

Charities call for easing of zebra crossing rules to promote walking

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Ministers are being urged to allow low-cost, paint-only zebra crossings on side roads to encourage more walking, after research showed they made drivers significantly more likely to stop for pedestrians. A study commi...

Doctors, charities and Tory thinktank urge PM to drop universal credit cut

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One hundred organisations, including charities, children’s doctors, public health experts and a Conservative thinktank have signed a letter calling on Boris Johnson to abandon plans to cut universal credit by £20 a we...

Afghan refugees could be punished under new UK asylum laws, say charities

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Refugee charities have questioned how the government’s announcement of “one of the most generous” resettlement schemes in British history will work alongside proposed changes to the UK’s asylum system, designed to cri...

MS charities decry UK postcode lottery for ‘life-changing’ drug

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People with multiple sclerosis are paying up to £600 a month for a “life-changing” drug that is available on the NHS in Wales and Scotland but not in England. Charities estimate that tens of thousands of people with M...

Charities criticise lack of safer options after 10,000 migrants cross Channel

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Charities have criticised a “shameful” lack of safe alternatives for migrants after the number making the life-threatening journey across the Channel in small boats this year surpassed 10,000. The total includes at le...

Charities call for ‘Amazon anti-waste law’ after firm denies destroying in-date food

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Charities have written to the prime minister calling for a new anti-waste, or “Amazon law”, to be introduced in the UK as the online retailer was forced to deny new allegations that it destroys in-date groceries – as ...

Charities raise alarm over suicides of young asylum seekers in UK

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Dozens of charities have called on UK government ministers to make sweeping changes to support young asylum seekers and refugees after up to a dozen were identified to have taken their own lives. Forty-six different c...

Google Maps suggests ‘potentially fatal’ routes up Ben Nevis, say mountain charities

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Scottish mountaineering charities have criticised Google for suggesting routes up Ben Nevis and other mountains they say are “potentially fatal” and direct people over a cliff. The John Muir Trust, which looks after t...

Police bill risks criminalising homeless people, warn UK charities

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Leading homelessness charities have made an unprecedented joint plea to UK ministers to reconsider the police and crime bill, warning it could in effect criminalise large numbers of people simply for being homeless. I...

England’s ‘freedom day’ to be day of fear for elderly people, charities warn

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Boris Johnson’s “freedom day” will be a day of fear for elderly and vulnerable people and those with compromised or suppressed immune systems, for whom the efficacy of vaccines is much reduced, charities have warned. ...

Rise in women sleeping rough is hidden crisis in England, charities warn

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Growing numbers of women are reporting as homeless in England as figures show rough sleeping in London has risen by 35% in five years. More than 11,000 people were counted sleeping rough in the capital from April 2020...

UK charities warn of cliff edge as ministers stall on housing funds

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Housing campaigners are warning that a widely praised initiative to get people off the streets in the long term faces “catastrophic disruption” if the chancellor Rishi Sunak does not renew funding. Charities including...

Morning mail: Victoria in lockdown, Australian charities muzzled, Wuhan lab theory

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Good morning. Melbourne is in lockdown, China and the US are at odds, and there’s more tension between the UK and the EU – it’s Groundhog Day Friday 28 May, and this is Imogen Dewey with the main stories to see out yo...

Animal rights charities criticise the Offspring over video of chimp in strip club

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Animal rights charities have criticised chart-topping Californian punk band the Offspring for using chimpanzees to act like humans – including in a strip club – in their latest music video. Save the Chimps, a Florida-...

African countries facing 66% cut in UK aid, charities say

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UK aid to individual African countries is being cut by 66% this year and aid to the Indo-Pacific region by 68%, aid agencies have said on the basis of new figures provided by the foreign secretary, Dominic Raab. The s...

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