MEDIA DIGEST, 24 September: child poverty, prescription charges and ancient trees

Third Sector's round-up of today's top stories, including a challenge to Gordon Brown's pledge to eradicate child poverty, a plea for prescription charges for cancer patients to be dropped in Northern Ireland and a campaign to protect rare trees.

Citizens Advice questions child poverty target
A report by Citizens Advice has thrown doubt over Gordon Brown's pledge to eradicate child poverty within the next 12 years. The study is based on research into the experience of thousands of low-income parents across the UK. The latest Government figures showed the number of British children living in poverty rising year-on-year by 100,000 to 2.9 million.
See The Daily Mail for full story

Macmillan in prescription charge plea
A cancer charity is calling for the scrapping of prescription charges for cancer sufferers in Northern Ireland now that they are to be dropped in England. Heather Monteverde, general manager of Macmillan Cancer Support in Northern Ireland, said: "What we need now is action to bring Northern Ireland into line with the other UK regions. We want to see prescription charges dropped for cancer patients here too."
See News Letter for full story

Muscular Dystrophy Campaign calls for better support

A charity has claimed that people suffering from muscle-wasting diseases in Scotland are being denied appropriate care. The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign said a report it will present to the Scottish public health minister has found there are only two care coordinators in Scotland for people with muscular dystrophy and other related muscle conditions. Earlier this month, the charity also called for an urgent review of muscular dystrophy care in Wales.
See BBC News for full story

Tree charities urge public to help protect rare species
Countryside charities are hoping to boost the number of native trees in Cumbria by encouraging walkers to collect certain types of seed. The Woodland Trust and the Tree Council have set up an Ancient Tree Hunt website, which offers tips for collecting and growing seeds into new trees.
See The Lancaster and Morcambe Citizen for full story

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