NEWS DIGEST: 4 SEPTEMBER

Third Sector's pick of today's top news stories. A lack of funding has forced Sue Ryder Care to give up an NHS contract and a marine wildlife protester pierces her skin with metal hooks to suspend herself from the roof of a London cosmetics store to highlight the brutal treatment of sharks.

Funding shortage forces charity to give up NHS contract
A specialist charity has given up a contract caring for terminally ill people, saying it cannot provide the service with money the NHS is providing. Sue Ryder Care has given up a contract with Walsall Council, which organises care on behalf of the NHS. Seven companies providing general home care will take on the work under a new system from the council.
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Charities forced to use donations to fund social care
Leading charities have warned they are being forced to subsidise social care by using donations to provide services for councils. Groups such as Mencap and Sense are paid to provide a range of social care services for local authorities, but nearly two-thirds of the 26 organisations polled by the Social Care Employers Consortium umbrella group said the funding they received was insufficient.
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RSPCA launches ‘Biggest Animal Rescue Ever'
The RSPCA's new campaign, ‘The Biggest Animal Rescue Ever', aims to raise awareness of the significant increase in the number of animals that need the charity's help since the passing of the Animal Welfare Act in 2007. The initiative will include a television appeal, online campaign, press inserts and cold mail.
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Avoid tuna and other species of fish, says charity
People should avoid eating certain types of popular fish because of declining numbers and questionable fishing methods, according to the Marine Conservation Society. Along with monkfish, plaice and certain varieties of Dover sole, haddock and five species of tuna are also included on the society's updated Fish to Avoid list. Sam Wilding, fisheries officer at the charity, said consumers were being left confused because of a lack of detail on labelling.
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Sealife charity stages grisly protest in Regent Street
A sealife campaigner put metal hooks through her skin to suspend herself from the roof of the Regent Street branch of Lush in central London. Alice Newstead, a member of conservation charity Sea Shepherd, staged the stunt at the cosmetics store to highlight the practice of finning, which involves slicing fins from sharks and throwing them back into the sea while they are still alive.
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Nacro urges Government to fund jobs for ex-offenders

Crime-reduction charity Nacro has praised a report that claims Britain could save the taxpayer money by funding jobs for ex-offenders. The report by the Policy Exchange think tank says more than £300m a year could be saved if organisations were paid to hire people released from jail. Nacro said getting ex-offenders into jobs was "one of the best forms of crime prevention". Paul Cavadino, chief executive of the charity, said: "The community benefits financially when ex-offenders become contributing, tax-paying members of society."
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