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Omens are grim as Universal Credit arrives
Next week sees the beginning of the roll out of Universal Credit in Northern Ireland.
The media struggles to report on battling ideas unless there is a real battle involved. Covering concepts is inherently difficult but it could still be done better – whether you are talking health reform, or identity politics.
Strategy need to support attainment
Never mind academic selection, the ILiAD report identifies several wider issues that affect academic attainment. These need to be dealt with together.
Is music the answer to culture wars?
Brendan McAleer, Regional Director of Ulster Comhaltas explains how he is trying to turn the cultural war on its head.
Education needs to be smarter
Last week’s NICCY report looked at the alarming costs paid by parents towards their children’s education. A closer look at the paper reveals deeper problems – and possible solutions.
Charities and cyber crime - what needs to be done
A survey has just been published that demonstrates the vulnerability of charities to cyber crime, Scope assesses the risks.
Gambling on the DUP
When Parliament reassembles on Tuesday 5 September the DUP will have its first opportunity to flex its muscles by forcing through an important measure to help combat the scourge of gambling addiction.
Growing a good idea in the voluntary sector
Community and voluntary work is done best at a local level. This makes scaling up a tricky prospect – but it is not impossible.
Floods: the real scandal we should all be talking about
The reaction to the floods that devastated swathes of Northern Ireland this week failed to address a catastrophic failure of public policy.
Entrusting health cuts to the public
The apparent need for £70m cuts in health is bad news - but finding extra cash won't fix the underlying problems, while our trusts have missed a chance to push for reform, and instead have washed their hands of the burden of leadership.
Ex offenders - an untapped resource?
There are proven ways to rehabilitate offenders. But is Northern Ireland up for it?
Realistic expectations make Social Impact Bonds look worthwhile
Social Impact Bonds have yet to come to Northern Ireland. Scope looks at this new funding model and decides their use is probably narrow – but they still have a use.
The biggest missed opportunity for NI's 3rd Sector
There has been much coverage of the impact of no government on the sector. To date it has not featured what is surely the biggest lost opportunity of all.
Brexit means what we make of it
A lack of specifics on plans for Brexit negotiations, and what is planned for afterwards, is worrying - but it provides opportunities for shaping the future. NICVA recently published its position paper on Brexit. Scope takes a look.