National media briefing: the Howard League for Penal Reform, Dogs Trust, the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre and Lord Ashcroft to sign giving pledge

Charities in today's national news

National media briefing
National media briefing

Some magistrates' courts in England and Wales are four times more likely to send offenders to prison than others, the Howard League for Penal Reform has said.

See BBC News for full story

Dogs Trust
has warned of a steep rise in the number of abandoned Staffordshire bull terriers.

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Princess Beatrice, who was diagnosed with dyslexia when she was seven, has become royal patron of the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre.

See The Daily Telegraph for full story

The billionaire Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft is expected to sign a pledge to give at least half of his estimated £1.2bn fortune to charity.

See The Independent for full story

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