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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.
Loneliness: an underappreciated problem
A huge number of people in NI frequently feel lonely. It is a problem for people of all ages and in all sorts of situations. The impact on health and wellbeing is enormous.
Teachers in our schools: the extent of the religious divide revealed
A major piece of research into the one profession where it is still lawful to discriminate on the grounds of religion has just been published.
A modern approach to modern slavery
The last Stormont mandate was abandoned before it got into stride. However, it still made changes to local policy, reflected in the new Modern Slavery Strategy.
Why social mobility is going backwards
Improving social mobility is a central policy objective of all mainstream political parties.
If you want to improve the benefits system, speak up
The IFS says Universal Credit will lower the incomes of millions of people and that the welfare reform “hits the persistently poor the hardest on average.” But change is possible.
The boardroom revolution is underway
Boards in Northern Ireland are dominated by middle aged and older people. Most of them are middle class men from a managerial background.