National media briefing: the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action, Mercy Mission UK, Marie Curie Cancer Care and Mary's Meals, Borough Market - and forlorn hopes for the big society

Charities in today's national news

Seamus McAleavey, chief executive of the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action, warns of "gathering storms" after an economist predicts funding cuts of £85m for the voluntary sector.

See the Belfast Telegraph for full story


Mercy Mission UK urges British Muslims wanting to help the victims of the Pakistan floods to give in the UK rather than to overseas organisations.

See The Guardian for full story


Marie Curie Cancer Care and Mary’s Meals will benefit from a parade in Edinburgh being held to commemorate the Pope’s visit.

See Herald Scotland for full story


Trustees of the charity that runs Borough Market in London face High Court action by traders, who say they have reneged on a lease agreement.

See The Guardian for full story


Hopes that the voluntary sector can fill the gap left by cuts to services are forlorn, says columnist Paul Vallely.

See The Independent for full story

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