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Sanctions have been a dystopian farce but there are wider problems for social security
A major report from Welfare Conditionality, released this week, slammed the sanctions programme that is a key strut of Universal Credit. Scope takes a look.
Being on benefit: an abusive relationship with the state ?
Kevin Higgins, Head of Policy at Advice NI on the past, present and future of social security in the UK.
Hand to mouth: Northern Ireland’s poverty outlook
Employment is no guarantee against poverty, and lack of qualifications makes things harder still. A new Joseph Rowntree Foundation report shows Northern Ireland is not well equipped to tackle this issue.
Omens are grim as Universal Credit arrives
Next week sees the beginning of the roll out of Universal Credit in Northern Ireland.
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.
Citizen’s income and globalisation’s crisis of confidence
The global village was meant to bring harmony and prosperity to the human race, is progressing roughly as predicted – and is in a state of peril. One mooted solution is free cash for everyone.
Sinn Fein Assembly manifesto for 2016
We continue to look at the main party's manifestos ahead of the Assembly elections - and find that Sinn Fein's document is unsurprising.
Welfare sanctions in NI: the facts
Adam Tinson, senior research analyst at the New Policy Institute analyses the growing gap between benefits sanctions in Northern Ireland and GB.
The changing face of local poverty
The whys and wherefores of being poor in Northern Ireland are changing and could become more difficult to address, according to a new Joseph Rowntree Foundation report.
NICVA publishes manifesto ahead of elections
Election seasons is upon us and Scope will have a heavy focus on policy. This week NICVA published its own paper. We highlight their ideas.
What now for welfare?
Social security does not occur in a vacuum and, while Tory changes might look absurd by their own criteria, there are huge global socioeconomic trends that effect what is possible and these have no easy solutions.
Scope takes a summary view of this week's paper on how to spend the £585m set aside for mitigation of Welfare Reform.
Equality, austerity and peace in 2016
Scope looks at the Equality Coalition's recent report into a shrinking public purse, stagnant economy and the risk of violence - and concludes a relapse is currently unlikely but 2016 will be a big year for NI generally.
Equality, austerity and the threat of violence
If people lose faith in what society offers then violence can rear its head. Scope looks at recent efforts from the Equality Coalition into whether there is a risk of a Troubles relapse as the public purse tightens and our economy splutters.