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Debate of the Week: Social Strategy
In the last Stormont focus before Christmas recess, we look at what the Communities Minister is and isn’t saying about his plans for a social strategy.
Cheers! The truth about problem drinking
News outlets are as predictable as the seasons. For them Christmas is not a period for contemplation of the divine but for reflections on a very different spirit: booze.
The political future of advanced nations is more uncertain than ever
2016 has been a remarkable year for politics but don’t draw a line under anything as we approach the new year – now, as much as ever, it is destination unknown.
The dementia paradox – a problem we are tackling but which is a growing concern
Rates of dementia are decreasing amongst older people but broadly better health in other areas means it is becoming more prominent as a cause of death.
Health Service: the crisis deepens
A series of news stories this week illustrate both the depths of the crisis engulfing the health service and the immense task faced by reformers.
Debate of the Week: a greenway network across NI
CS Lewis Square opened last week – another major boost for Belfast. When can the successful greenway projects that have helped the city and surrounding areas be developed across Northern Ireland?
Debate of the week: citizen’s budget
In an era of public dissatisfaction with politics some feel greater engagement from Joe Public can both create better policy and improve the relationship between Stormont and voters.
Abortion, authoritarianism, and human rights
It is annoying to have to listen to people with whom you profoundly and passionately disagree.
What am I?
by Joe Kenny
It must have been when I was still at primary school. There was a game show on the TV, round about lunch time, called ‘Going for Gold’.
The draft Programme for Government and education
Scope takes a look at the draft PfG, currently out for consultation, and the educational aspects of its strategic aims and associated indicators.
The health service: writing to the blind and shouting at the deaf
Blind people get sent letters inviting them to eye clinics for appointments. They do not turn up because they can’t read them.
Debate of the Week: Middletown Centre for Autism
This week’s look at Stormont touches on autism provision – something of which there is a serious shortfall in NI.
At last! The disability research project led by people with disabilities
One of the most telling indictments of society’s attitudes to people with disabilities is that it has taken until now for research into how to help disabled people live independent lives to be led by those affected
Debate of the Week: Question Time with Arlene Foster
Our Stormont snapshot takes its first foray into oral questions; we look at an aspect of Fresh Start that aims to reduce paramilitary influence.