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Could the cost-of-living crisis be even bigger than we thought? See for yourself
New ONS analysis shows where inflation is really pressurising household budgets. Some basics are up by over 40%. Meanwhile a new online tool will let you check how inflation is affecting you and your family, specifically.
Segregation: Must we still pay the price?
With essential services in Northern Ireland now at risk because of the lack of a Stormont budget, and departments facing massive spending cuts we can no longer afford to waste money by duplicating services.
Is a public services meltdown on the cards?
The Secretary of State’s budget is here. A bonfire of services seems likely. With a focus on education, Scope looks at cuts that are already in motion – and outlines the consequences.
You can't always get what you want ...
You can understand why some politicians in Northern Ireland might not be too uncomfortable escaping the responsibilities that come with power.
If you want to protect the union, get back to Stormont
As most people celebrate the Good Friday Agreement, hardline unionist politicians have their heads in the sand – to the detriment of Northern Ireland, and also themselves.
Stuck in the slow lane, 25 years on
The holiday break gave many of us cause to reflect on just how slow progress has been since those heady Easter days of 1998.
Pay now, or pay (more) later? How the cost-of-living crisis is squeezing the third sector.
Spiking inflation and weak public finances have put community organisations on the back foot. However, it would be short-sighted to let services wither. Where possible, we must spend to save.
Dormant Accounts: first phase closes
The first phase of Northern Ireland’s Dormant Accounts Fund closed to new applications this month.
Community transport, health transformation and public service collapse
Stormont was rarely good and never perfect but the current zombie version is leading us to disaster. Our elected representatives must get back to work.
At the root of our health crisis is poverty
Health inequality lies at the heart of the crisis in care we are living through. Yet few members of the public know what it means, or what needs to be done about it.
We need to talk about wealth inequality – not just now, but always
Distribution of wealth should a headline talking point of economic discourse, alongside GDP, employment levels and inflation.
Peace: time for serious soul-searching
US President Joe Biden is to visit Northern Ireland to mark the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday agreement (GFA).
Death is not the end
We all die eventually but, before we do, most of us encounter death many times. Not all of us handle it well. Additional support could help.
Badger baiting: cruel blood sport still rife
The levels of animal cruelty we are prepared to tolerate tell us a lot about the levels of civilisation our society has reached.