NEWS DIGEST: 8 SEPTEMBER

Third Sector's pick of today's top news stories, from housing charity Shelter being accused of producing government propaganda to Great Ormond Street Hospital's claim that half of all schoolchildren cannot name a single mental health condition.


Housing charity slammed for producing government eco-town leaflets
Shelter has been accused of circulating government propaganda after it emerged that it was paid by the Department for Communities and Local Government to produce information leaflets to promote eco-towns - the proposed low-energy, carbon-neutral developments of between 5,000 and 20,000 homes constructed from green materials. The charity revealed it had been paid £100,000 by the Government to publish a series of 13 pamphlets, one for each proposed eco-town site. The Campaign to Protect Rural England said the leaflets were one-sided and did not address the most controversial issues about eco-towns.
See Telegraph.co.uk for full story

Charity launches screening days to detect kidney disease
Kidney Research UK has launched a pilot programme of national screening days for chronic kidney disease. The screenings will take place from September until the end of November in four centres across the UK.

See Medical News Today for full story
Young people ignorant on mental health, says charity
A survey by Great Ormond Street Hospital has revealed that half of all schoolchildren could not name a single mental health condition. The charity has set up a new section on its Children First website to educate youngsters about mental health conditions.
See BBC News for full story

Epilepsy sufferers 'more likely to die during pregnancy'
A report by Epilepsy Action shows that women who suffer epilepsy are seven times more likely to die while pregnant. The charity warns that epileptics who stop taking medication while pregnant risk their own and their unborn children's lives.
See Sundaymail.co.uk for full story

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