National Media Briefing: New Schools Network, Law Centres Federation, Terence Higgins Trust, ElectroSensitivity UK, WellChild

Charities in today's news

Cabinet Secretary Sir Gus O’Donnell is to investigate the government’s decision to award £500,000 to the New Schools Network, a charity that helps set up free schools. See the Daily Mirror for full story

The Law Centres Federation says as many as 18 of 56 charity-run law centres could close unless the government reverses plans to cut £350m from its legal aid budget. See The Guardian for full story

The Terrence Higgins Trust calls for new ways of tackling HIV after a House of Lords committee says efforts to prevent the spread of HIV/Aids are "woefully inadequate". See BBC News for full story

The charity ElectroSensitivity UK, which advises on the impact of electrical devices, is branded "Luddite dinosaurs" for opposing plans to bring wi-fi to a village near Norwich. See the Daily Mail for full story

Prince Harry, singer Pixie Lott and actor Barbara Windsor attend awards run by the charity WellChild. See the Daily Mail for full story

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