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Spending other peoples' money: the dormant account issue
There has been much coverage about the £19 million dormant account money which Stormont has still not distributed to charities.
Charities: the terrible price of addressing symptoms not causes of social problems
The debate about how to enhance the independence of charities took a new turn this week with a startling intervention from Fiona Weir, chief executive of the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust.
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.
Charities face more bad news as lottery revenues tumble
Lottery operator Camelot has just ordered a review of its operations after ticket sales slumped by 8.8% in the last financial year.
Making the Global Goals relevant for citizens
Scope talks with the Northern Ireland Environment Link about their plans to improve awareness and understanding of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Grassroots are top of the tree
The latest thinking in social innovation involves ideas that are led by the local community - i.e. those set to benefit - on every level, with support organisations like Amplify NI and even major funders like the Big Lottery Fund fully bought in.
Why NI's budget crisis could easily have been avoided
By mirroring other jurisdictions and including multi-year spending plans in our annual budgets, Stormont could have avoided the tension and uncertainty that is plaguing Northern Ireland in 2017.
The Ilott case: contested wills, charities and the law
There were two landmark legal cases of great interest to the sector this week. Here Nick Garbutt examines the case of a woman who left all her money to charity, disinheriting her daughter.
Harrison appointed NI Big Lottery Fund chair
Julie Harrison has been appointed Northern Ireland chair of the Big Lottery Fund.
The third sector and 2017: uncertainty and necessity
In a difficult period for NI, community and voluntary organisations will be more important than ever, despite facing huge difficulties. Scope speaks with NICVA CEO Seamus McAleavey about the current uncertainty.
Debate of the week: citizen’s budget
In an era of public dissatisfaction with politics some feel greater engagement from Joe Public can both create better policy and improve the relationship between Stormont and voters.
Debate of the Week: Middletown Centre for Autism
This week’s look at Stormont touches on autism provision – something of which there is a serious shortfall in NI.
Debate of the Week: Question Time with Arlene Foster
Our Stormont snapshot takes its first foray into oral questions; we look at an aspect of Fresh Start that aims to reduce paramilitary influence.
Debate of the Week – Housing Associations: Reclassification
This week’s look at Stormont’s plenary sessions focuses on the ONS’s reclassification of local Housing Associations to public bodies.