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The third sector: confidence, reinvigoration and recognition
If we want to use the pandemic as a line in the sand, and to create a better society and economy during this period of great upheaval, the third sector needs to be more than an afterthought.
The cruelty and lunacy of cutting Universal Credit
The £20-a-week cut to Universal Credit planned for October will be the biggest overnight drop in the basic rate of social security since the foundation of the welfare state, according to analysis from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
Disability discrimination against children is “institutionalised” within NI’s education system
The Education Authority has acknowledged failures but it will have to prove that any reforms are genuine.
The RQIA: what went wrong
Last June, during the most severe health crisis we have ever faced, the board of the Northern Ireland’s health and social care regulator, the RQIA resigned en masse.
Not all young people are Digital Natives
Digital exclusion might not effect a huge proportion of children – albeit a lack of data makes it hard to be sure – but those who are excluded are at a massive disadvantage.
The pandemic made us £900 billion better off - but it's not all good news
Most of us have ended up wealthier as the result of the pandemic, according to research published this week.
Young people care about society – the Youth Assembly needs to give them a platform
Northern Ireland finally has its own Youth Assembly. Scope speaks with the NI Youth Forum about why this is so important, how it can boost youth engagement in the broadest sense – and improve local politics at the same time.
Let's think about the economy for once
The next decade will be critical for the economy which is why we cannot afford for our politicians to be blindsided by constitutional issues – no matter how important they might appear to be to some.
Why children need a Summer of Play
Play is in our nature – and it’s there for a reason. Scope speaks with PlayBoard NI CEO Jacqueline O’Loughlin about how children and young people need more support to explore themselves and the world around them.
Sausage wars leave bitter taste
The imbroglio of the Northern Ireland protocol has served to demonstrate just how important EU membership was to the peace process – and the scale of the instability we now face.
Caring is tough, lacks support – and can be lonely
Carers face so many challenges that some – such as loneliness – do not get the attention they deserve.
A new kind of living: NI gets its first co-housing community
Northern Ireland’s first co-housing project was launched earlier this month on a 13 acre site on the outskirts of Portaferry, Co Down.
Tech, health and public spaces – NI has its own digital currency
A new public scheme is set to pay people to exercise more and use parks and greenways. Civic Dollars is hoping to take on several issues at once. The scheme might just do some good.
Let the children play
Experts are expressing increasing concern about the impact the pandemic has had on physical activity amongst children and we have more reasons for worry in Northern Ireland than elsewhere.