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The GFA, Brexit and the future
The Good Friday Agreement has come under a barrage of criticism as part of the Brexit arguments. Threatening it wholesale is madness – but nothing should be free from scrutiny.
Is it time to give councils more power?
Nick Garbutt asks if devolving more power to local councils might help provide some of the political stability Northern Ireland so desperately needs.
GDPR: It’s good for your charity
Neil Wilson, Information Officer at NICVA, argues that GDPR will bring benefits for the Third Sector.
Being on benefit: an abusive relationship with the state ?
Kevin Higgins, Head of Policy at Advice NI on the past, present and future of social security in the UK.
NI poverty: going nowhere, but changing all the time
NI’s poverty woes have been in the headlines this week – the last decade has been wasted. However, the story goes further: the nature of poverty has changed, which must be recognised if the problem is to be fixed.
The rudderless ship heading for the rocks
Most pundits are concerned about the political fall-out from the failed talks process. But what does it mean for government itself, and civil society?
Local people gave less money to charity in 2017
Charitable giving in Northern Ireland fell last year when compared with 2016 – although this drop brings 2017 more into line with recent times. Scope takes a look at NICVA’s latest research into who makes donations, and how.
Health: protestors can be part of the problem
The health service is 70 years old this July. Last weekend thousands gathered in central Belfast to protest at its current malaise.
Third sector: “We must remain in the single market and customs union”
NICVA has joined together with partner organisations in Scotland and Wales to compile a list of key aims for the UK’s withdrawal of the EU. Top of the list is membership of the single market and customs union.
Ignorance and the Arts in Northern Ireland
Two quotes 120 years apart about the value of the Arts and Culture signify the shift we are currently seeing.
Poverty – are we doing it wrong?
Two years of research from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Frameworks Institute have found that traditional campaigns against poverty tend to backfire. If this issue is to be tackled, a new approach is required.
The end of the blue bus?
“the blue bus is callin' us
Driver, where you taken us”
The End by The Doors
There is nothing right about an absence of government
The absence of local political leadership is having a harmful effect on human rights, according to the Human Rights Commissioner.
Young people in Ardoyne have their say
Modern best practice in the third sector hinges on services that have been designed – or, at the very least informed – by the users themselves.