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Arts funding should be higher – and uncontroversial
The arts are often treated as an economic sick man. This does not reflect reality. Two new reports from the Arts Council highlight the importance of investment.
How to close the digital divide
Fast and reliable access to the internet is now widely regarded to be an essential utility, just like water and electricity.
The £20 Universal Credit should stay. History says the cut will go ahead.
The reality of Universal Credit has always been at war with its stated aims. The £20 uplift should stay – or be increased – but reducing payments would be in keeping with standards set by this major welfare reform.
The pandemic, women, and Building Back Better
The Women’s Policy Group NI has relaunched its Covid-19 Feminist Recovery Plan. Scope looks at why this is important.
Olwen Lyner: doing the right things, for the right people, for the right reasons
One of Northern Ireland’s most highly respected and influential Third Sector leaders announced her retirement this week.
Climate change is here and now
The UK is already feeling the effects of climate change. A new report by the British Red Cross identifies the impact of heatwaves, how these will intensity, and what should be done in response.
Milkshakes, chicken bites and workers' rights
This has not been a good week for lovers of milkshakes, Gregg’s chicken bites and Coors beers.
Back to school for children with SEN?
This academic year will hopefully face far less disruption than the previous two. This is important for all children – especially those with special educational needs.
Gone Phishing: charities and cyber-crime
A disturbing new report reveals the vulnerability of charities and small businesses in Northern Ireland to cyber-crime.
Stormont’s budget process and its vision for Northern Ireland are out of sync
Northern Ireland is strapped for cash. Using money well is essential for government. According to a recent NIAO report, that is not happening.
Duty of Candour: decision time looms for Swann
When medical staff make mistakes in treatment it is imperative that they are faced up to and that the families of those affected are told.
The pandemic has “turbo-charged” wealth inequality
The UK was already financially unequal. Covid-19 has made that worse. Any social and economic recovery must take this into account.
Where charity in Belfast began
This month Belfast’s oldest charity the Belfast Charitable Society celebrates the 250th anniversary of the building of its home, Clifton House.