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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.
Hearing loss can be devastating - it can also be helped
It's Deaf Awareness Week, and Scope spoke with Action on Hearing Loss about a vital service which helps older people feeling lonely and desperate - a service searching for more funding and volunteers.
The potential for citizens’ income remains a hopeful, tricky mystery
An experiment with citizens’ income has been enthusiastically branded a failure before any results are in. The truth is less straightforward – and unclear. Regardless, creative thinking needs support, not scorn.
Childcare – a local problem
A lack of vision and direction means parents, providers and their staff, employers, the local economy – and, above all, children – are all missing out.
Secular disagreements and the risk of circular discussions
Northern Ireland - like much of the world - is becoming more secular. However, this means different things to different people, which makes the process more difficult.
Health reform: different places, same story
Our politicians have largely failed to progress health reform - due to problems mirrored elsewhere - but their absence does not really make things easier.
New collection of oral histories illuminates our troubled past
The Good Friday Agreement’s 20th anniversary has dominated the news this week – but Reflected Lives, a new oral history project, tells vital stories about where NI has come from and where it finds itself today.
Major merger announced in NI third sector
War on Want NI has joined together with Self Help Africa, based in the Republic of Ireland, and people from both charities are enthusiastic about the future.
Where now for equality?
Equality dominates local headlines and cut through a huge number of contentious issues in NI and throughout the world. But what does it mean, why is it a good thing, and how do we ensure its impact is as positive as possible?
Diabetes is a problem – and emblematic of the challenges in health and care
The NI Audit Office report released this week outlines 15 years of missed opportunities to improve diabetes care. The findings serve as a cautionary tale for the ongoing failures in wider health reform.
The GFA, Brexit and the future
The Good Friday Agreement has come under a barrage of criticism as part of the Brexit arguments. Threatening it wholesale is madness – but nothing should be free from scrutiny.
NI poverty: going nowhere, but changing all the time
NI’s poverty woes have been in the headlines this week – the last decade has been wasted. However, the story goes further: the nature of poverty has changed, which must be recognised if the problem is to be fixed.
Third sector: “We must remain in the single market and customs union”
NICVA has joined together with partner organisations in Scotland and Wales to compile a list of key aims for the UK’s withdrawal of the EU. Top of the list is membership of the single market and customs union.
Poverty – are we doing it wrong?
Two years of research from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Frameworks Institute have found that traditional campaigns against poverty tend to backfire. If this issue is to be tackled, a new approach is required.