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Time to count the cost of segregated education
A review of Northern Ireland’s education system is due to get under way later this year.
Data can be both substance and style
Numbers can enhance narratives and even tell tales of their own. Scope speaks with Dr Donna Kernaghan, founder of Stats & Stories, about how data can help organisations improve services and secure funding.
Putting people in the lead
The pandemic has led to severe curtailment of our freedoms. Recovering from it should not just involve restoring but enhancing them. It is time to put people in the lead.
Third sector has a chance to change its relationship with government
Charities, departments and the civil service could work together better. NICVA’s new manifesto is a great starting point for developing a new relationship – and is out for consultation.
Poverty: Society’s open wound
Department for Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey outlines her plans to tackle poverty.
Recovering from the pandemic: lessons from other disasters
It might be a matter of months before vaccines bring Covid-19 under control. It will take 10-15 years for individuals and communities to recover from the disaster, according to the health think tank The King’s Fund.
Dormant accounts to support active needs
The new Dormant Accounts Fund aims to boost third sector sustainability. Scope speaks with Kate Beggs, Director of the National Lottery Community Fund NI, about charities becoming more robust.
Lockdown and litter: lessons to learn
Before lockdown the cost of clearing up litter in Northern Ireland was estimated at £29 million.
Kids in the waiting room
In Northern Ireland, young people’s rights are underdeveloped. Scope talks with Children’s Commissioner Koulla Yiasouma about why this is – and what should be done.
A lost generation? The plight of the young
The pandemic has had a devastating impact on young people, with more than a quarter saying it has left them unable to cope with life.
Poverty in the UK
The UK was struggling to get to grips with poverty before the pandemic. Immediate needs and underlying issues both need to be addressed in any recovery.
Universal Credit: why we must keep the increase
It is imperative that politicians and civil society in Northern Ireland exert all the influence they can to preserve the £20 a week increase in Universal Credit and Working Tax Credits, due to expire in April.
Transfer tests are more in the spotlight than ever
The post-primary transfer debacle appears finally to be over. What could have been a Covid-19 issue has become something more, thanks in large part to the Education Minister.
Mother and Baby Homes - an indictment of an entire society
The Final Report of the Mother and Baby Commission was published this week. It is profoundly disturbing. Both church and state have apologised for their role. But the report is also an indictment of an entire society.