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£1bn could provide extra mitigations against Welfare Reform
The DUP’s money from Westminster could provide a softer landing for September’s changes to social security – but decisions like this will need to be made by a functioning Executive and Assembly.
A new era for fund raising
Charity fund raising entered a new era this week with the establishment of the Funding Preference Service.
Why City Deals are the best bit in the Tory/DUP pact
The Conservative/DUP deal has been much dissected and analysed. Yet the one clause with the most transformative potential has been largely ignored.
Less uncertainty is a good thing
The Tory-DUP deal at Westminster will remove some of the many layers of uncertainty plaguing local politics and policy – overall, good news for the third sector.
How to strengthen democracy in Northern Ireland through people power
The current political impasse at both Stormont and Westminster raises important issues for the Voluntary and Community Sector, not least whether the Civic Forum should be restored. Nick Garbutt explores the issues.
Dormant Accounts Scheme living up to its name
Progress on the Dormant Accounts Scheme has indeed been dormant. Stormont has sat on over £7m of funding, earmarked for the third sector, for nearly ten years. Scope takes a look.
Stroke services require reform
Scope talks to the Stroke Association about why a restructuring in services could provide both improvements in acute care and – crucially – huge benefits in long-term care.
Charities face more bad news as lottery revenues tumble
Lottery operator Camelot has just ordered a review of its operations after ticket sales slumped by 8.8% in the last financial year.
Redressing the balance: Early Years and the absence of men
Scope asks why 98% of employees in Early Years education are female, and whether that gender balance needs to be addressed.
Why the Lobbying Act must be changed
The third sector has expertise that cannot be found elsewhere – if your aim is a better society then silencing organisations with know how is counterproductive.
Making the Global Goals relevant for citizens
Scope talks with the Northern Ireland Environment Link about their plans to improve awareness and understanding of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
How Northern Ireland can tackle food waste
The biggest growth area for the Third Sector over the past few years has been food banks. A report published this week shows the extent of this.
Fostering confidence: the importance of education in care
The children’s care system has always faced an uphill battle but nowadays there is plenty of cause for positivity. Scope talks to the Fostering Network about ongoing reform and successful initiatives.
Voting: not a blind ballot for everyone
The secret electoral ballot is a right some exercise zealously and others waive – but a few people don’t have a choice. Joe Kenny explains.