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Health: the spending dilemma

16 Mar 2018 Nick GarbuttHealth

Senior health officials will be wrestling with an extremely tricky dilemma this week.

Time to debate our treatment of Travellers

9 Mar 2018 Nick GarbuttPolicy, Human Rights

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

9 Mar 2018 Ryan MillerHealth, Social Policy, Politics

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

2 Mar 2018 Ryan MillerSocial Policy, Equality, Politics

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?

2 Mar 2018 Nick GarbuttPolitics, local government reform

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

1 Mar 2018 Nick GarbuttGDPR

The GDPR will be 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 ?

23 Feb 2018 Nick GarbuttWelfare Reform; Social Policy

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

22 Feb 2018 Ryan MillerSocial Policy, Education, Equality, Economy

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

16 Feb 2018 Nick GarbuttPolicy

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

15 Feb 2018 Ryan MillerSector Issues

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

9 Feb 2018 Nick GarbuttHealth

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”

9 Feb 2018 Ryan MillerSector Issues, Brexit, Politics, Social Policy

NICVA CEO Seamus McAleavey

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

2 Feb 2018 Nick GarbuttNo Topics

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?

2 Feb 2018 Ryan MillerSector Issues, Social Policy, Equality

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?

26 Jan 2018 Nick GarbuttNo Topics

 “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

26 Jan 2018 Ryan MillerSector Issues, Social Policy, Human Rights

Human Rights Commissioner Les Allamby

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

19 Jan 2018 Ryan MillerSector Issues; Social Policy

Modern best practice in the third sector hinges on services that have been designed – or, at the very least informed – by the users themselves.

The Unabomber: uncanny prophecies of a dangerous man

19 Jan 2018 Nick Garbutt4th Industrial Revolution

Twenty two years ago a brilliant mathematician showed uncanny prescience when he anticipated a great debate about automation and artificial intelligence.

The ongoing perils of our year of non-governance

12 Jan 2018 Ryan MillerHealth, Equality, Sector Issues, Social Policy, Politics

Stormont collapsed 12 months ago leaving Northern Ireland in stasis while Brexit plans are shaped and the health service crumbles. Here we look at NICVA’s response to a Westminster consultation on the crisis.

Spending other peoples' money: the dormant account issue

11 Jan 2018 Nick GarbuttFunding, Sector Issues

There has been much coverage about the £19 million dormant account money which Stormont has still not distributed to charities.

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