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Brexit, the border and English nationalism
It’s a few days before the Brexit crisis broke. A tall bespectacled Englishman wearing a double breasted suit is straddling the Irish border, speaking to Sky TV.
Children in NI face plenty of problems (part two)
The second half of our look at NICCY’s Statement on Children’s Rights in NI focuses on safeguarding – including protections from child sexual exploitation and bullying, and fair treatment for those subject to immigration control.
Just what the doctor ordered?
Big Lottery has just announced a £3 million grant to a social prescribing project covering Northern Ireland and Scotland, Scope asks if its money well spent.
Children in NI face plenty of problems (part one)
The Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People (NICCY) has just released a comprehensive report on the problems faced by local children right now. It deserves close attention.
Rough Justice: the failure of short prison sentences
This week a government minister made an astonishing admission that should prompt debate about how we punish offenders for minor crimes.
The health system needs to work for everyone
Over 100 people with learning disabilities die unnecessarily in UK hospitals every month. This needs to change.
Why we should be more upbeat about health reform
Most health experts in England were scratching their heads this week at Theresa May’s much trumpeted £20 billion anniversary present to the NHS.
Dunmurry Manor: what next?
The media has been all over Home Truths, the Commissioner for Older People in Northern Ireland’s investigation into Dunmurry Manor care home this week.
Management has a vital role in saving the NHS, says Bengoa
Northern Ireland could be world leaders in health and social care, according to Professor Rafael Bengoa - author of a key report on the need for reform in NI – with good management at the heart of change.
Shedding light on personality disorder
It is sadly ironic that we appear to know more about the outer limits of the solar system than the inner workings of the mind.
Universal Credit: more reasonable in Northern Ireland
Welfare Reform faces plenty of controversies, but the Department for Communities has taken a more sympathetic approach than is seen in GB. Scope speaks to Law Centre NI about their DfC funded guide to avoiding sanctions.
Ask the question – how talking about philanthropy can make it happen
The Community Foundation’s Philanthropy Fortnight was a success – and the organisation says the more we talk about donations, the more we will see.
The curious demise of the street party
New legislation designed to encourage more street parties in Northern Ireland appears to have had the opposite effect, Scope investigates.
Sanctions have been a dystopian farce but there are wider problems for social security
A major report from Welfare Conditionality, released this week, slammed the sanctions programme that is a key strut of Universal Credit. Scope takes a look.