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Third sector has a chance to change its relationship with government
Charities, departments and the civil service could work together better. NICVA’s new manifesto is a great starting point for developing a new relationship – and is out for consultation.
Poverty: Society’s open wound
Department for Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey outlines her plans to tackle poverty.
Recovering from the pandemic: lessons from other disasters
It might be a matter of months before vaccines bring Covid-19 under control. It will take 10-15 years for individuals and communities to recover from the disaster, according to the health think tank The King’s Fund.
Dormant accounts to support active needs
The new Dormant Accounts Fund aims to boost third sector sustainability. Scope speaks with Kate Beggs, Director of the National Lottery Community Fund NI, about charities becoming more robust.
Lockdown and litter: lessons to learn
Before lockdown the cost of clearing up litter in Northern Ireland was estimated at £29 million.
Kids in the waiting room
In Northern Ireland, young people’s rights are underdeveloped. Scope talks with Children’s Commissioner Koulla Yiasouma about why this is – and what should be done.
A lost generation? The plight of the young
The pandemic has had a devastating impact on young people, with more than a quarter saying it has left them unable to cope with life.
Poverty in the UK
The UK was struggling to get to grips with poverty before the pandemic. Immediate needs and underlying issues both need to be addressed in any recovery.
Universal Credit: why we must keep the increase
It is imperative that politicians and civil society in Northern Ireland exert all the influence they can to preserve the £20 a week increase in Universal Credit and Working Tax Credits, due to expire in April.
Transfer tests are more in the spotlight than ever
The post-primary transfer debacle appears finally to be over. What could have been a Covid-19 issue has become something more, thanks in large part to the Education Minister.
Mother and Baby Homes - an indictment of an entire society
The Final Report of the Mother and Baby Commission was published this week. It is profoundly disturbing. Both church and state have apologised for their role. But the report is also an indictment of an entire society.
Holiday camps can tackle holiday hunger and be educational – but there is room to improve
Feeding hungry children should be uncontroversial. Combining this with activities to develop skills and knowledge sounds like a good idea – and work involving Children in NI shows promise.
Belfast's links to slavery: a shameful legacy
In the past few months there have been a series of controversies as historians and researchers have exposed links between historic buildings, monuments and slavery.
Human Rights and Covid-19
The NI Human Rights Commissioner’s latest Annual Statement looks at 2020, the pandemic, and any progress – or not – in the wider rights picture for NI, where children appear to be second-class citizens.