Filter by a topic of your interest
The covert privatisation of the NHS
A two tier health system is emerging in the UK where those with money get preferential treatment.
Politics remains a barrier to health reform
Reforming Northern Ireland’s health system is essential. The need for change is urgent. However, without changing how we discuss this need, we are making something that is already difficult that much tougher.
How to achieve a decent life for all
Here is a simple, straightforward policy ambition that all political parties in Northern Ireland could sign up for tomorrow.
An extra £420m on benefits would be money well spent
An independent panel has recommended that Stormont bolsters social security. This advice is in line with the third sector’s consensus – including recent reports from Save the Children and Parenting NI.
Improving local mental health needs both tangible services and better strategic thinking
Northern Ireland’s mental health services have a lot of catching up to do – but, while the road is long, progress is happening with cooperation between statutory services and the third sector.
Three dangerous myths that persist
Three dangerous and demonstrably false myths continue to generate debate long after they have been discredited.
Tackling poverty will require long-term planning as well as emergency measures
A group of organisations helping the Department for Communities draw up an anti-poverty strategy released a report this week. Could it form the basis for an ambitious, long-term strategy to minimise or even eliminate poverty in NI?
More elections, more politics, and the cost of living
As food, fuel and housing costs rise, pressure grows on households. The third sector is on the frontline of helping people – however, it faces its own pressures. Politics is supposed to help but right now it’s getting in the way.
Lessons from the pandemic
It is still a little early to assess the full impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on our health, but enough evidence is now in to draw some tentative conclusions.
Mother and baby homes: not just the church was to blame
This week more evidence emerged as to why it is so important for there to be a full public inquiry into the operation of mother and baby homes in Northern Ireland.
Civic society can bring communities together in lots of different ways
Housing Association Clanmil put on a play for Good Relations week. Scope takes a look at an interesting and creative way to get communities to discuss social issues.
A reckless gamble doomed to fail
This past week it seems as if everything stopped, on hold, waiting for the period of mourning following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
Social media is an illusion, and a trap
Lots of people distrust social media and its effects on political discussions. Several different studies indicate different ways that Twitter, Facebook and the rest shape discourse - and some ways they maybe don’t.