National media briefing: the National Trust, Age UK, Black Rod criticised over charity ban and St Mungo's

Charities in today's national news

National media briefing
National media briefing

The National Trust is "deeply sceptical" of wind power, according its chair Sir Simon Jenkins, in an interview in which he launched an outspoken attack on the "public menace" of wind turbines.

See Daily Telegraph for full story

VAT on household energy bills must be scrapped to prevent pensioners having to choose between heating and eating, campaigners and charities including Age UK claim.

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The cold weather is causing major concern for the welfare of those sleeping on the streets, with charities including St Mungo’s going out to make sure that those who need temporary accommodation can find it.

See BBC News for full story

Black Rod, the Queen’s representative in the House of Lords, has been criticised for banning the crime writer Baroness Rendell from having a charity concert at the Palace of Westminster.

See Daily Telegraph for full story

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