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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.
The first major effort at citizen’s income has some surprises
Preliminary results are in from Finland’s experiment with a Universal Basic Income. The findings are mixed, interesting, and should arouse everyone’s curiosity.
Childcare in NI: parents and providers are both working too hard
Northern Ireland is the UK’s poor cousin when it comes to childcare. Fixes to the sector’s struggling financial structure need legislation.
Brexit and the crisis in democracy
Just how much has Brexit damaged peoples’ attitudes both to politicians and parliamentary democracy? We got the answer this week and it makes for uncomfortable, at times disturbing, reading.
Brexit doesn’t mean Brexit
The great political divide of our time – ahead of the traditional left vs right, and even existential concerns about the environment – is about globalisation vs nationalism.
Echoes from the past - the crisis that tore the Tories apart
Political commentators keep comparing the political chaos over Brexit to the crisis that engulfed politics when the Corn Laws were repealed. So what happened in the 1840s? Scope finds fascinating historical resonances…
“Your head is the pinball” – but things don’t have to be like this
Everything is breaking. It’s easy to feel despondent but, if you want to fix anything, it’s much better to be calm, think about the good that can and is being done, and have some positivity. Scope tags along to the Imagine Festival.
Some good news, at last
There has been one piece of very good news for Northern Ireland in an otherwise gloomy, Brexit dominated week.
Belfast hosts a different peoples' vote
A new democratic movement is gaining traction in Northern Ireland. From Rathlin Island to Newry and the Clogher Valley local people are deciding for themselves how money in their communities should be spent.
Back to the drawing board for sustainable transport to school
Efforts are underway to change transport habits in Northern Ireland – but they might not be working. Scope looks at the annual school transport figures.
Fighting cancer together, why we need a strategy
The Department of Health has announced that it is to commission a new cancer strategy for Northern Ireland.