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Food banks, poverty and our broken Welfare State
How has it come to pass that in one of the wealthiest countries on the planet so many people are dependent on the kindness of others to provide for their most basic of needs, food?
In the pandemic, UBI keeps gathering momentum
The first test of a universal basic income has proved a success. A large majority of the public want it introduced. Politicians at Westminster are drawing up plans. Is UBI now more likely than not?
Covid-19 is a global emergency and a local one
It’s Red Cross Week, and Scope speaks to the organisation here in Northern Ireland about how it has had to transform its work to tackle the pandemic.
Coronavirus: cross-party discussions are taking place at Westminster on UBI
The Covid-19 pandemic is forcing us to examine the mechanisms of our society and economy. Options that were previously just theoretical are now on the table. The impacts could be enormous.
Northern Ireland has the lowest poverty rates in the UK
The latest annual poverty report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation shows the importance of affordable housing.
Stormont’s back – and everyone’s inbox is full
The Assembly’s return is a big deal and surely better than the past three years. However, the list of issues MLAs face is enormous. Scope looks at human rights in NI.
Hunger is an issue this Christmas and New Year
Food banks, Universal Credit and holiday hunger are different issues, but all are interlinked. That relationship comes into sharper focus at this time of year.
Homelessness is more than one issue
Improvements in several areas are needed to tackle this multi-layered problem. Unfortunately, the absence of a government is a real obstacle.
Welfare Reform mitigations have problems that could be helped by an Executive
An Audit Office report has highlighted huge Welfare Reform underspend. Several NI organisations say bigger problems are coming. With no Assembly, we are rudderless – but Stormont struggled to deal with this first time round.