National media briefing: the Wellcome Trust, Empty Homes, Joint Enterprise: Not Guilty by Association, the RSPB

Charities in today's national news

National media briefing
National media briefing

Jeremy Farrar, the new director of the Wellcome Trust, says thousands of lives are being put at risk because the UK’s system for carrying out clinical trials is "not fit for purpose".

See The Guardian for full story

The campaigning charity Empty Homes has welcomed Islington Council’s plan to fine investors up to £60,000 if they buy properties in the borough and leave them empty.

See The Guardian for full story

Figures collected by the charity Joint Enterprise: Not Guilty by Association show that hundreds of people have been jailed for serious crimes including murder because they were present at the scene, despite not physically harming the victim themselves.

See The Times for full story

The RSPB has welcomed a decision by the retailer B&Q to start selling plants in biodegradable containers and work to remove peat from all its horticultural products.

See The Guardian for full story

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