National media briefing: the Disabilities Trust, Barnado's, the Children's Society, Care, Ecpat, Stonewall and Buglife

Charities in today's news

National media briefing
National media briefing

The work and pensions secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, has defended recent reforms to disability benefits, but the charity the Disabilities Trust says the changes are part of a "triple whammy" of factors affecting disabled people, alongside cutbacks by local authorities and changes to housing benefit in England, Scotland and Wales.

See BBC News for full story

Barnado's, the Children's Society, Care and Ecpat have backed calls to introduce independent guardians for trafficked children in care homes. An amendment to the Immigration Bill on the subject is due to be debated in the House of Lords later today.

See The Independent for full story

The equality charity Stonewall has criticised the ban on gay men donating blood in Northern Ireland.

See BBC News for full story

The nitrogen pollution contributing to Britain’s smog poses the biggest threat to wildlife that the public has never heard of, according to wildlife charity Buglife.

See The Independent for full story

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