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Tackling poverty will require long-term planning as well as emergency measures
A group of organisations helping the Department for Communities draw up an anti-poverty strategy released a report this week. Could it form the basis for an ambitious, long-term strategy to minimise or even eliminate poverty in NI?
More elections, more politics, and the cost of living
As food, fuel and housing costs rise, pressure grows on households. The third sector is on the frontline of helping people – however, it faces its own pressures. Politics is supposed to help but right now it’s getting in the way.
Lessons from the pandemic
It is still a little early to assess the full impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on our health, but enough evidence is now in to draw some tentative conclusions.
Mother and baby homes: not just the church was to blame
This week more evidence emerged as to why it is so important for there to be a full public inquiry into the operation of mother and baby homes in Northern Ireland.
Civic society can bring communities together in lots of different ways
Housing Association Clanmil put on a play for Good Relations week. Scope takes a look at an interesting and creative way to get communities to discuss social issues.
A reckless gamble doomed to fail
This past week it seems as if everything stopped, on hold, waiting for the period of mourning following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
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.
The Protocol: a good moment to do a deal?
The death of Queen Elizabeth II has dominated news channels to such an extent that two important developments this week did not get all the attention they deserved.
NI’s fiscal powers – the coming storm
The Fiscal Council has published its first report into NI’s spending abilities. If you think the current status quo of failing healthcare, over-budget schools and sparse cost-of-living interventions is bad, wait till you see what’s next.
A poisoned chalice
Heavy hitters Penny Mordant, Iain Duncan Smith and Sajid Javid were all offered the post Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. All turned it down, which is why we now have Chris Heaton-Harris at the helm.
It isn’t easy to leave abuse behind
People in abusive relationships need the confidence to know that, if they leave, they can do so safely – and with plenty of support.
One out, all out: The return of industrial action
Good journalists go where the action is. There are still a few working who are old enough to remember the days when the most sought-after job in the business was that of industrial correspondent.
Improving the care system: a massive task that’s worth the effort
There is no single way to maximise the outcomes for children in care. Big improvements are possible, but reform will take time.
Funding: what works, and what does not
Charities, by definition, exist to provide a benefit to society. The more effective they are, the greater the benefit.