News Digest: 3 September

Third Sector's pick of today's top news stories. The UK's favourite Lottery-funded charity is named, SSPCA campaigns for animal charities to be eligible for Lottery funding and Help the Aged calls for reform of the social care system.

National Lottery Awards name "UK's favourite Lottery-funded charity or voluntary project."

The National Lottery Awards have named an organisation which provides emergency accommodation for young homeless people as the UK's favourite Lottery-funded charity or voluntary project. The charity, Redditch Nightstop, is funded by the Big Lottery Fund's ‘Reaching Communities' programme which has so far made over 1,000 awards totalling close to £218 million.

See Redditch Advertiser for full story

Animal charity campaigners demand share of lottery cash

Scottish animal charity the SSPCA has launched a bid to apply for lottery cash, with SSPCA volunteers dressed as animals chaining themselves to railings in Edinburgh's Princes Street yesterday in a light-hearted demonstration. Currently, National Lottery grants can only go to organisations set up for human benefit only, but the Scottish SSPCA believe they should be allowed to apply for the grants. Chief executive Stuart Earley said: "The National Lottery has made over a quarter of a million grants totalling in excess of £21bn and we're sure there are lots of people who play who think we are among the charities which benefit."

See The Herald for full story

Leading charity claims carers need more support in light of government report

The Department for Work & Pensions' parliamentary select committee's "Valuing and Supporting Carers" report has found that while full and part-time carers save the taxpayer billions of pounds each year, many are struggling to get the support they need themselves. According to Paul Cann, director of policy and external relations at Help the Aged, the committee's report highlights the need for reform of the social care system in the UK.

See Craegmoor for full story

Charity reveals results of research into number of dogs being put down

A study by Dogs Trust has found that eleven dogs are put to sleep in Northern Ireland every day because no-one can offer them a home. The Trust reports that in the UK as a whole, more than 18 dogs a day are put down because they are unwanted - and Northern Ireland accounts for a disproportionately high number of these. The Dogs Trust invests around £5m a year in neutering, microchipping and education programmes in the worst affected areas of the UK - Northern Ireland, the North West, Midlands and Wales.

See Belfast Telegraph for full stor


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