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The Punishment Paradox
One of the most damaging public misconceptions in dealing with the perpetrators of crime is the notion that the more severe the punishment, the less likely the criminal is to offend.
The Agony of the artist: shocking report
A report just published into the mental health of people working in the creative sector is truly shocking and needs to be addressed.
Where now for equality?
Equality dominates local headlines and cut through a huge number of contentious issues in NI and throughout the world. But what does it mean, why is it a good thing, and how do we ensure its impact is as positive as possible?
Health: the spending dilemma
Senior health officials will be wrestling with an extremely tricky dilemma this week.
Time to debate our treatment of Travellers
This week saw the publication of a report into discrimination against Travellers published by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission
Diabetes is a problem – and emblematic of the challenges in health and care
The NI Audit Office report released this week outlines 15 years of missed opportunities to improve diabetes care. The findings serve as a cautionary tale for the ongoing failures in wider health reform.
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.