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Human Rights in NI – sleepwalking towards disaster
The Human Rights Commission published its Annual Statement this week. We have plenty of problems, too few solutions, and the problems stemming from our lack of a government only ever grow in number.
Christmas is the busiest time of year for foodbanks
Another Christmas, another busy month for foodbanks. For most people, they are an abstract concept – that’s because most people never have to use them.
The justice system needs to change – like it has many times before
Key principles of our justice system could be bent or broken in cases of sexual violence. Perhaps they need to be – and, really, that’s nothing new.
Public transport is about access – we need to measure it that way
NI’s official annual transport statistics were refined earlier this year. However, from the public perspective, they do not tell us enough.
Education in NI is ready to snap
Schools are saving money by cutting teaching hours - in other words, by providing less education. Urgent change is required.
Justice is expensive
Local legal aid costs are very high. However, reforms in England and Wales highlight real problems of trying to reduce them effectively.
A lifetime of Early Years
Siobhan Fitzpatrick CBE, CEO of Early Years - the organisation for young people, was awarded an honorary doctorate by QUB last week. Scope talks with her about four decades of pioneering child development.
The health system needs to work for everyone
Over 100 people with learning disabilities die unnecessarily in UK hospitals every month. This needs to change.
Universal Credit: more reasonable in Northern Ireland
Welfare Reform faces plenty of controversies, but the Department for Communities has taken a more sympathetic approach than is seen in GB. Scope speaks to Law Centre NI about their DfC funded guide to avoiding sanctions.
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.
How to tackle hate crime
NIACRO has just secured €763,280 in European Union Peace IV funding to tackle hate crime in Northern Ireland.
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.