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Let’s talk about Shared Prosperity
Where is the consultation on the UK Shared Prosperity Fund? And, when it does come, what should a new infrastructure fund look like?
Dormant accounts: spending other peoples' money
The Third Sector has been waiting for 11 years, with mounting impatience, for monies accumulating in Northern Ireland’s Dormant Accounts Fund to be put to good use.
How is NI performing? (part three)
Our third and final article looking at how our public sector is doing, by its own measure.
In education, religion’s reach goes far beyond segregation
A new report from Ulster University has found that religion – and specific religious groups – hold sway at every level of the NI schools system.
How is NI performing? (Part two)
The second in our trio of articles taking an accessible look at how our public sector is doing, by its own measure.
How is Northern Ireland performing? (part one)
The Executive Office recently published its year-end report looking at progress against outcomes in the draft Programme for Government. Scope takes a look at the bottom line.
Food for thought: Northern Ireland's farming crisis
Our health and the health of the land are inextricably linked. That link is now fractured.
Local news is vital for communities
Newspapers are dying, but we still need news. How should we replace what is lost? Should journalism go full circle and return to its roots as a charitable cause?
Pivotal: Northern Ireland's new think tank
Northern Ireland had the dubious distinction of being the only part of the UK without a think tank, until this week.
‘Traditional’ men’s work is not just for boys
North Belfast charity Women’stec is tearing down barriers that have kept women from careers like joinery, plumbing and surveying. Scope speaks with CEO Lynn Carvill.
NI's environment strategy: have your say
Work has started on developing an environmental strategy for Northern Ireland, at long last.
Politicians and policy: lessons from Dublin
There is little or no serious discussion about public policy in Northern Ireland, with or without a functioning government. This needs to change.
Welfare Reform mitigations must continue
A Westminster committees inquiry has concluded that NI’s mitigations package should continue beyond next March’s benefits cliff edge – action is required now.
Why we need to reforest Northern Ireland
New research tells us that restoring our ancient forests is both the cheapest and most effective way of tackling climate change. Northern Ireland is the second most deforested part of Europe. We should therefore be at the forefront of change.