Local councils to work with Epilepsy Society

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has teamed up with the Epilepsy Society to raise awareness of the hidden disabilities in communities.

The partnership, launched a fringe event at the Conservative party conference, will seek to promote the role of local councils in improving people's quality of life.

The Epilepsy Society says that more than half a million people in the UK have epilepsy, with one third having seizures that can't be controlled through the anti-epileptic drugs currently available.

Sue Baxter, chairman of NALC, said: "NALC is thrilled to be working with the Epilepsy Society. There is still a lack of understanding about epilepsy which can lead to stigma, not seeking support or not knowing what to do when someone has a seizure. Local councils can play their part to raise awareness and help communities become seizure savvy."