Media Digest: 2 July

Third Sector's pick of the top news stories from today's papers and news feeds, from a campaign backing a university applicant to lobbyists targeting the European Court of Justice.

Shaw Trust scheme extended

A South-Wales charity initiative which helps people get off benefits and into work is being extended for another 2 years, says walesonline.co.uk. The Shaw Trust's New Deal for Disabled People programme in South West Wales provides advice on training, benefits and tax credits for people with disabilities or a health condition.
http://www.walesonline.co.uk/business-in-wales/business-news/2008/07/02/shaw-trust-to-extend-job-broking-programme-91466-21210995/

Age Concern to appear at European Court of Justice

Lawyers for British charity Age Concern are to appear at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg today, reports The Guardian. They will argue that Employment Equality (Age) Regulations are contrary to the EU's Equal Treatment Directive, which bans employment discrimination on grounds of, amongst other things, age.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2008/jun/16/law.civilliberties

Charity reports increase in abuse of migrant domestic workers

A study by Oxfam and campaign group Kalayaan has revealed that there has been an increase in cases of abuse against migrant domestic workers, reports Indian news website expressindia.com. The report found that 10 per cent of 312 people surveyed had reported sexual abuse, 26 per cent physical and 72 per cent psychological abuse from employers.

http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/Indian-domestic-help-facing-severe-abuse-in-UK--Study/330330/

Charity research show leukaemia cure rates improving

The Mirror is reporting how a study by Cancer Research UK has shown that survival rates for Leukaemia sufferers are improving, reports the Mirror. Three in four children with the disease are expected to be cured, thanks to new treatments and more clinical trials.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/2008/07/02/3-out-of-4-children-will-beat-leukaemia-89520-20628309/

MRSA Action to hold memorial event at Westminster Abbey

British charity MRSA action will hold a memorial event at Westminster Abbey tomorrow, writes political news website politics.co.uk. A wreath will be laid in recognition of the 50,000 who have died from MRSA and all those who have fallen victim to other healthcare infections.

http://www.politics.co.uk/opinion-formers/press-releases/mrsa-action-uk-memorial-press-statement-$1229921$1220655.htm

NACRO slams college for rejecting university applicant

Crime reduction charity Nacro has slammed Imperial College London after they rejected a student with a spent criminal conviction for burglary, reports Bradford newspaper The Telegraph and Argus. The medical school retracted their offer to Majid Ahmed after they discovered he had served a 4 month community service sentence.

http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/3188974.Student_denied_chance_to_be_doctor_over__spent__conviction/

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