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Tough times can bring out the best in people
Two new pieces of research lay out two sides of the cost-of-living crisis: poor mental health, and communities rising to meet the problems we all face.
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.
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.
Northern Ireland’s education system lets deaf children fall behind
Deaf children should perform just as well as their peers. Right now, this isn’t happening. Better support would allow children to thrive.
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.
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.
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.