Communications blogs
Published 08 September 2011

The top charity and society stories from across the media.

1. Slum UK: housing

crisis that shames the nation (The Independent)
Housing conditions in Britain are among the worst in Western Europe and cost the nation about 7bn a year by adding to the pressure on the NHS and other public services, according to a major study to be published today.

2. Access to cancer scans restricted (The Independent)
Health managers are restricting access to potentially life-saving scans that diagnose diseases like cancer in an attempt to save money.

3.Commissioning is damaging the voluntary sector, says NCIA founder (Third Sector)
Andy Benson of the National Coalition for Independent Action tells NCVO conference the commissioning of public services is threatening the independence of the sector

4. CAF donors more generous than ever despite downturn (Civil Society)
Major donors that give to charity through CAF Charitable Trusts donated more than 100m last financial year, the highest amount ever and a jump of 25 per cent on the year before.

5. New 10 million local anti-crime funding in England and Wales (UK Fundraising)
The Government's Home Office, working with the Community Development Foundation, has started accepting applications to its new Community Action Against Crime: Innovation Fund.

6. A quarter of National Citizen Service places were not taken up (Third Sector)
Almost a quarter of places in the first National Citizen Service pilot programmes went unfilled, according to figures given to parliament yesterday by Nick Hurd, the Minister for Civil Society.

7. U2's Bono defend's Apple's Steve Jobs' lack of philanthropy (The Irish Times)
Jobs has a staunch defender in his old friend Bono

8. Eight-month suspended sentence for man who threatened to kill Ben Summerskill (Third Sector)
Anthony Ryan of Liverpool emailed gay rights charity Stonewall to say he would put a bullet in the head of its chief executive

9. 500,000 diabetics risk blindness by not having annual eye tests, charity warns (The Mirror)
AT least half a million people with diabetes are risking blindness by not having eye tests.

10. David Walliams' serious stomach bug hinders Thames charity swim (The Metro)
It's day four of David Walliams' charity river swim and he's falling behind schedule after coming down with a serious dose of 'Thames tummy'.

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