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Let's think about the economy for once
The next decade will be critical for the economy which is why we cannot afford for our politicians to be blindsided by constitutional issues – no matter how important they might appear to be to some.
Why children need a Summer of Play
Play is in our nature – and it’s there for a reason. Scope speaks with PlayBoard NI CEO Jacqueline O’Loughlin about how children and young people need more support to explore themselves and the world around them.
Sausage wars leave bitter taste
The imbroglio of the Northern Ireland protocol has served to demonstrate just how important EU membership was to the peace process – and the scale of the instability we now face.
Caring is tough, lacks support – and can be lonely
Carers face so many challenges that some – such as loneliness – do not get the attention they deserve.
A new kind of living: NI gets its first co-housing community
Northern Ireland’s first co-housing project was launched earlier this month on a 13 acre site on the outskirts of Portaferry, Co Down.
Tech, health and public spaces – NI has its own digital currency
A new public scheme is set to pay people to exercise more and use parks and greenways. Civic Dollars is hoping to take on several issues at once. The scheme might just do some good.
Let the children play
Experts are expressing increasing concern about the impact the pandemic has had on physical activity amongst children and we have more reasons for worry in Northern Ireland than elsewhere.
Relationships and Sexuality Education should be standardised, comprehensive, more inclusive – and mandatory
Northern Ireland gives educators a lot of leeway on RSE. Some local organisations say the system needs to be tightened to avoid failing children.
Education: why the first days of life are the most important of all
If we are to fix educational underachievement in Northern Ireland we are going to have to spend £49.7 million extra every year on children before they even get to school.
Child poverty and Northern Ireland's house of cards
Progress on child poverty has been slow. Between the pandemic and rising house prices, things could be about to get much worse.
Poverty, mental health and an unkind welfare state
A proper debate about the links between mental ill health and poverty and what needs to be done about it is overdue.
Covid-19 and women: a shrinking job market and a growing risk of violence at home
For women, economic prospects and domestic abuse are interlinked. The pandemic is putting pressure on both.
Friends to all: the remarkable story of the Quakers in Ireland
Last summer, just before the second wave of the pandemic struck, Shane Whelehan became chief executive of Quaker Service Northern Ireland.
Should Northern Ireland set its own income tax?
Discussions about devolving more tax powers to NI are beginning in earnest. This could transform government – but risk and opportunity go hand in hand.