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Homelessness is more than one issue
Improvements in several areas are needed to tackle this multi-layered problem. Unfortunately, the absence of a government is a real obstacle.
Ending paramilitarism: why words matter
One of the most important challenges we face in Northern Ireland is bringing paramilitarism to an end.
Employment highs are obscuring a great malaise
The latest job market updates look great. Take a peek behind the figures, however, and the story is different.
Another report warns the health service is crumbling
The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee also pointed out major failings – and possible solutions – in cancer care, social care and support for mental ill health.
Crime: the real reason why offenders stop
Sir Martin Narey stirred up a hornet’s nest this week when he told a conference of prison officers to “stop fretting about rehabilitation”.
Stroke experiences reinforce the need for change
Figures released this week on World Stroke Day lay bare the need for health transformation – a process that, due in large part to Stormont’s collapse, has stalled.
Our health service: running out of time and money
The man who runs the Health and Social Care system in Northern Ireland is running out of time, and running out of money.
Let’s talk about Shared Prosperity
Where is the consultation on the UK Shared Prosperity Fund? And, when it does come, what should a new infrastructure fund look like?
Dormant accounts: spending other peoples' money
The Third Sector has been waiting for 11 years, with mounting impatience, for monies accumulating in Northern Ireland’s Dormant Accounts Fund to be put to good use.
How is NI performing? (part three)
Our third and final article looking at how our public sector is doing, by its own measure.
In education, religion’s reach goes far beyond segregation
A new report from Ulster University has found that religion – and specific religious groups – hold sway at every level of the NI schools system.
How is NI performing? (Part two)
The second in our trio of articles taking an accessible look at how our public sector is doing, by its own measure.
How is Northern Ireland performing? (part one)
The Executive Office recently published its year-end report looking at progress against outcomes in the draft Programme for Government. Scope takes a look at the bottom line.