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Homelessness is many different problems
Housing stress in Northern Ireland is on the rise. This will lead to more and more people being homeless. There is no single fix – easing this problem requires several different approaches.
What would happen if we abandoned academic selection?
A new UU report looks at education north and south of the border. In any such comparison, it’s hard not to focus on the transfer tests.
Welfare mitigations need a significant impact despite tight finances
The Communities Minister has commissioned an independent review of welfare mitigations. Writing for Scope, review Chair Les Allamby says the challenge for the panel’s is to come up with proposals that are both realistic and meaningful.
Human rights in NI have stalled – while their foundation is under question
The latest Annual Statement from the NI Human Rights Commission identifies more concerns than successes. Meanwhile, on top of a series of blockages, Northern Ireland’s effective framework for human rights is itself feeling pressure.
Stormont has more power than you think
The NI Fiscal Council released its first reports last week, one of which is a primer on local public finances. It’s useful simply as a guide to how Northern Ireland works. And, if you look closely, you see how important Stormont is.
Schools should look forwards, not back
These days, Northern Ireland’s schools system is arguably more segregated than the society it serves. This has to change.
Northern Ireland’s jobs market makes ex-offenders an afterthought
Recent justice reforms made rehabilitation a crucial part of reducing crime. New research says that local businesses are cautious about hiring people with convictions – but are open to change, if they get more support.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Relationships and Sexuality Education should be standardised, comprehensive, more inclusive – and mandatory
Northern Ireland gives educators a lot of leeway on RSE. Some local organisations say the system needs to be tightened to avoid failing children.
Child poverty and Northern Ireland's house of cards
Progress on child poverty has been slow. Between the pandemic and rising house prices, things could be about to get much worse.
Should Northern Ireland set its own income tax?
Discussions about devolving more tax powers to NI are beginning in earnest. This could transform government – but risk and opportunity go hand in hand.