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Social media is an illusion, and a trap
Lots of people distrust social media and its effects on political discussions. Several different studies indicate different ways that Twitter, Facebook and the rest shape discourse - and some ways they maybe don’t.
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.
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.
The Rwanda asylum policy is working perfectly for Boris Johnson
With no good ideas to improve people’s lives, the Westminster government has nothing left except its ability to fabricate arguments and make people angry.
Northern Ireland needs to learn to communicate
Local people know the crippling effect relationship distress can have on their lives. However, most are reluctant to discuss their problems – and many don’t even know how.
Good mental health starts in early years
If interventions are better early rather than late, then perhaps it makes sense to make them as soon as possible.
Youth organisations have a big role in improving child mental health
The wellbeing of Northern Ireland’s children and young people remains a concern. Local youth groups could do with better financial support – and help building systems where they can collaborate.
Pre-election health check
Healthcare in NI is on its knees. Restructuring the system and reducing massive waiting lists are key electoral issues. But how are people doing in general?
Children with additional needs struggle to find a place to play
All children should be able to use play parks. However, new research shows that many children with additional needs still struggle to find places that allow them to pursue this fundamental part of childhood.
The justice system needs more sympathy for victims of child sexual abuse
Children and young people who report abuse are left isolated by a justice system that is not adjusted to their needs. The Children’s Commissioner wants that to change. This could mean huge reform of how criminal trials work.