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The 'rape clause' - understandable opposition
Welfare Reform comes to NI next month. Opposition to the two-child limit on tax credits in general - and the 'rape clause' in particular - has grown more voluble. Scope looks at women's groups' objections.
Kids Company. It couldn't happen here. Could it?
The Insolvency Service is seeking to ban the former trustees of Kids Company from holding directorships for up to six years. It couldn’t happen here. Could it?
Volunteering means a lot of different things. To get the best out of it, we need information that is clearer on the distinctions, on how different people donate their time in different ways – and on what they achieve.
Northern Ireland's ecological disaster: the untold story
Campaigners are setting about tackling Northern Ireland’s least known and most devastating ecological disaster, Scope explores a forgotten tragedy.
Saving lives: focus on the RNLI
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is a rarity – a first-response emergency service operating on a voluntary basis. Scope shines a light on this successful and highly-thought-of organisation.
Mental Health: How GPs need to change
All politicians of all parties both locally and in the UK say they want to address the crisis in mental health.
In the wake of some startling statistics about reoffending and youth justice, Scope looks at whether prisons represent the best way of reducing criminal behaviour.
Welfare reform will cause housing crisis - report
Homelessness and evictions are set for a sharp rise as welfare reform is implemented in Northern Ireland, according to a stark report.
£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.