The Department for Education failed to invite bids for a £500,000 grant to assist parents setting up free schools before awarding it to the New Schools Network, a charity run by a former adviser of education secretary Michael Gove.
Charity shops in Humberside say that fewer people are donating items to sell because they are trying to make money from their own clothes, rather than give them to charity.
An Oxfam climate change advert has been cleared by the Advertising Standards Authority after complaints about the poster, which said that people were dying because of climate change.
Charities in Northern Ireland, including Age NI, are asking for automatic payment of benefits for the elderly, after a report by the Housing Executive found the number of older people living alone and facing fuel poverty in the province this winter has risen by 20 per cent on last year.
An alliance of public and private bodies and charities, backed by the government, has promised to cut back on the use of dangerous ‘chemical cosh’ drugs for dementia sufferers.