News Digest: 1 September

Third Sector's pick of today's top news stories. A charity has been established to promote diversity in the workplace, NCH launches its final campaign before rebranding and Leonard Cheshire campaigns for more accessible public transport in Scotland.

New charitable foundation formed to promote racial equality at work

A number of leading figures from the hospitality industry have agreed to become chairs of a new charitable foundation that aims to develop an industry-wide strategy to improve diversity. The One and All Foundation was created after studies showed that while more than half of all "grassroots employees" within hospitality come from minority ethnic backgrounds, only 2 per cent of board level directors and 6 per cent of middle management do.

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Charity launches final campaign before major rebranding

Children's charity NCH is launching a final campaign before its relaunch as Action for Children. The charity has released a pop-up book that tells the story of a character called Emily, whose life is eventually turned around with the help of the NCH. The charity hopes that the campaign will particularly encourage donors to support its Therapeutic Foster Care mentoring scheme.

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Disability charity claims Scottish transport system is failing disabled people

A disability charity has claimed a recent study shows that more than 40 per cent of disabled Scots have had to turn down a job due to a lack of accessible public transport. Leonard Cheshire Disability warned travel on public transport for disabled people north of the border was often a "step into the unknown."

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Leading children's charity researches link between neglect and crime

A children's charity is conducting research into the link between neglect and mental problems. London charity Kids Company hopes the study will prompt the government to fundamentally rethink its approach to tackling the problem of escalating violence among young people.

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Education charity calls for changes to personal finance education in schools

A leading financial education charity is calling on the government to drop personal finance from the maths curriculum. The ifs School of Finance claims combining maths and personal finance education is a "fundamentally flawed approach to raising levels of financial capability". A spokesman claimed that personal finance as part of the functional maths GCSE was limited "to a couple of hours of recognising notes and coins and simple calculations using money - clearly insufficient to make any noticeable impact".

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Charity calls for better mental help for ex-service men and women

A leading charity has called for more help for ex-service men and women in the light of a study which shows that nine per cent of the country's prisoners are former armed forces personnel, often suffering from post-traumatic stress. A spokesman for SSAFA, the services charity, said: "Some servicemen and women do find it difficult to adjust and feel isolated and lonely. In some cases people will descend into alcohol or substance abuse, lose their job and spiral into homelessness and eventually end up in jail.

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