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Questions remain on extension of Welfare Reform mitigations
March 2020 sees the end of Welfare Reform mitigations in NI. The newly-reformed Stormont has promised to extend this important service, yet some uncertainty remains.
Home working may be more than just a short term fix
Scope’s Nick Garbutt has worked from home for close to a decade. Here’s his advice for those facing the prospect as Covid-19 starts to grip.
First I must honour God: the Catholic RE certificate
The return of Stormont gives legislators the opportunity to loosen the grip that religious organisations have on our schools.
Northern Ireland needs a Programme for Government that’s fit for the future
If we want to cut our cloth as best as possible for the short- and long-term, the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals might be a good place to start.
Why we need a guardian of the future
One of the most difficult challenges for the restored administration at Stormont will be to address long-term challenges.
A changing world is daunting for parents
We look at Parenting NI’s second annual Big Parenting Survey, which explored concerns about tech – and asked parents about their hopes for their children.
Time to crack down on the gambling industry
A consultation on reforming Northern Ireland’s hopelessly outdated gambling laws has just closed.
Tackling modern slavery is a job for everyone
It’s not very often that the public is at the forefront of dealing with serious crime. But, when it comes to slavery, we should all be vigilant.
Northern Ireland has the lowest poverty rates in the UK
The latest annual poverty report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation shows the importance of affordable housing.
Only the lonely
In most respects our health is better than our ancestors and we can thank technology for that. But in one important health indicator, loneliness, it is not.
Climate Change: How charities can help
Climate change is not just the greatest threat we collectively face. It is an existential threat. Combating it is a task for all of us: every government, every organisation, and every individual.
Reducing net emissions requires many changes
The Assembly has declared a climate emergency. There is no one way to fix this global issue – but it is great to see us take a seat at the table to take on this existential problem.
Restoring Ireland's forests, one tree at a time
County Down man James McConville is an architect based in Sweden. He saw the rise of Greta Thunberg first hand and was inspired to make a difference himself back home.
We don’t know enough about academic selection
A comprehensive study on the effects of academic selection in Northern Ireland is needed. A new report from Stranmillis University College's Centre for Research in Educational Underachievement shows why.