David Cameron's advisers have warned that the big society is in crisis as the economy weakens.
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Every council in England is likely to have to close at least one Sure Start Children's Centre because of funding cuts, it is claimed.
Save the Children has launched its No Child Born To Die campaign, warning that millions of children worldwide will die if the richest countries fail to honour their pledge to fund vital immunisation and vaccination treatments.
A new charity, Action for Happiness, is being launched to try to spread the latest research and advice on how to be happier.
Research compiled by the charity World Cancer Research Fund has found that the UK is placed a relatively low 22nd in a world league of highest cancer rates.