Right to buy could undermine charity law, peers warn | Cage seeks judicial review of Charity Commission's actions | Prince Charles inquired about support for his charity

Plus: Institute of Fundraising reviews donor opt-out policy | Regulator has no concerns over Plymouth Brethren 'campaigning' | FPA launches online sex toy shop

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Peers have criticised the government’s plans to extend the right to buy to housing association tenants, saying that it could undermine charity legislation dating back to the 16th century.

The advocacy group Cage has lodged an application for a judicial review of the actions of the Charity Commission, saying it believes the regulator "exerted unlawful pressure" on two grant-making charities to stop funding it.

Prince Charles asked the Department for International Development about support for one of his charities, newly released correspondence between the prince and Douglas Alexander, the former international development secretary, shows. 

In the wake of the death of the 92-year-old poppy seller Olive Cooke, the Institute of Fundraising will review whether it is easy enough for people to say they do not want to receive requests for donations.

The Charity Commission has concluded that it has no concerns about allegations made in The Times newspaper that the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church campaigned for the Conservative Party before the general election.

The sexual health charity the FPA has launched an online shop that sells sex toys in a bid to generate a new income stream for the charity.

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