National media briefing: Claire Rayner dies, charities struggle to collect shop waste, RSPB, Welsh groups unite against cuts

Charities in today's national news

Patients' rights campaigner Claire Rayner died yesterday, aged 79. The agony aunt was involved with more than 50 charities, and was a member of the Prime Minister's Commission on Nursing and the last government's Royal Commission on the Care of the Elderly.
See The Daily Telegraph for full story

Sandwich shops in London, including Eat and Starbucks, say they are forced to throw out fresh food because charities are unable to carry out enough collections.
See BBC News for full story

The RSPB is calling for the government to allocate hundreds of millions of pounds a year, raised partly by a levy on new homes and taxes on gardeners and farmers, to meet targets to protect and restore nature.
See The Guardian for full story

Six Welsh charities have urged the UK government to rethink proposed cuts to housing benefit, claiming the measures are "all stick and no carrot" and that they would hit the most vulnerable hardest.
See BBC News for full story

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