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NI’s fiscal powers – the coming storm
The Fiscal Council has published its first report into NI’s spending abilities. If you think the current status quo of failing healthcare, over-budget schools and sparse cost-of-living interventions is bad, wait till you see what’s next.
It isn’t easy to leave abuse behind
People in abusive relationships need the confidence to know that, if they leave, they can do so safely – and with plenty of support.
Improving the care system: a massive task that’s worth the effort
There is no single way to maximise the outcomes for children in care. Big improvements are possible, but reform will take time.
Our towns and cities can be whatever we want them to be
Northern Ireland’s urban spaces are designed to suit cars. We could tinker with this – or transform it entirely.
Charities want NI to have a government asap
Civic society plays a key role in Northern Ireland’s wellbeing. It is worth listening to – and what it says about the Stormont impasse could scarcely be more unified.
Food banks are charities that don’t want to exist
Demand for food banks is soaring but, as the cost of living increases, people are less able to donate. However, helping food banks does not fix any fundamental problems – something the Trussell Trust is determined to make clear.
The cost of living is creating a poverty sinkhole
A new report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation shows that, while poverty in general has waxed and waned over the past 20 years, the number of people and families living in destitution has increased significantly.
Youth justice: on the cusp of modernity?
NI is behind the times when it comes to children and the justice system. Plans for change have been announced – and not before time – but still need to be realised.
The fundamental weaknesses of any UBI pilot scheme
The Welsh Government has announced a trial of universal basic income. That’s what they’re calling it, anyway. It’s a bold move by a devolved government and Stormont should pay attention. However, some issues remain.
We urgently need political leadership if we are to reduce or prevent homelessness
Following deaths of six people who were sleeping on the streets of Belfast over just two weeks, Homeless Connect CEO Nicola McCrudden writes for Scope about how we can best address the complex set of issues that can lead to such tragedies.
Not all inflation is bad. Current inflation is terrible.
Inflation is complicated and its effect on people is dependent on several other factors. UK inflation has risen to 5.4% but it’s the specific price rises behind this figure that are extremely concerning.
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.
Autism services are not fit for purpose
It would be simple to call anything and everything a priority as we look beyond Covid-19 – but the need for better support for autism truly does stand apart.
Tax the rich – even just a bit more
Modern economics is hampered by politics. This has huge ramifications for Covid-19 recovery and, longer-term, for society, poverty and the third sector.