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Westminster turns to people power to help tackle climate change
The UK’s planned new Citizen’s Assembly – specifically set up to look at climate change – could be good news for democracy and the planet, and also provide a positive legacy for an otherwise dire term of parliament.
Employers for Childcare publishes annual childcare report
The need to restructure childcare in Northern Ireland has long been ignored. But the campaign for change is building momentum.
Re-defining rubbish - the Circular Economy
It’s good that so many people are becoming more conscious about single use plastics. It’s even better that the environment has catapulted up the political agenda.
A Million & Me: Children in Need's great new initiative
Around one in four of us will experience poor mental health during the course of our lives. In more than half of these cases problems start before the age of 14.
What can’t we afford? How economic inequality is about more than paying bills
If wealth, rather than ability, drives educational achievement, we have to think hard about how we structure society to compensate for this.
The Wisdom of the Ages: working longer lives
It’s great that people are living longer, the flip side is that we have to work for longer too.
Northern Ireland in no position to take a one-two-three punch
Brexit, Welfare Reform and the health service – each is at a major moment for NI policy. But these are not independent issues. Any failures will compound. This could be disastrous.
Crime and mental illness
The announcement that all police custody suites are to get full-time nurses is an important and welcome development.
Volunteering is good for you
It’s Volunteers’ Week. Scope takes a look at how people sacrifice their time for a good cause, why this is important – and also rewarding.
Community economies: the quiet revolution
One of the more troubling trends in recent times is that whilst the economy is growing most of us are getting poorer.
Trading places: cash, online money and charitable donations
NICVA’s latest Individual Giving Survey was published this week. As society moves away from cash, so do donors – sort of.
Global goals lack local focus
The UN Sustainable Development Goals are nearly four years old. High-level strategies for the world (or 193 UN member nations) to build a “better and more sustainable future”. Too few people know what they are.
Autism: mysteries and myths and the need for research
Autism NI warned last week that autism services are at breaking point in Northern Ireland, after the latest prevalence statistics were published by the Department of Health.