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Being on benefit: an abusive relationship with the state ?
Kevin Higgins, Head of Policy at Advice NI on the past, present and future of social security in the UK.
NI poverty: going nowhere, but changing all the time
NI’s poverty woes have been in the headlines this week – the last decade has been wasted. However, the story goes further: the nature of poverty has changed, which must be recognised if the problem is to be fixed.
The rudderless ship heading for the rocks
Most pundits are concerned about the political fall-out from the failed talks process. But what does it mean for government itself, and civil society?
Local people gave less money to charity in 2017
Charitable giving in Northern Ireland fell last year when compared with 2016 – although this drop brings 2017 more into line with recent times. Scope takes a look at NICVA’s latest research into who makes donations, and how.
Health: protestors can be part of the problem
The health service is 70 years old this July. Last weekend thousands gathered in central Belfast to protest at its current malaise.
Third sector: “We must remain in the single market and customs union”
NICVA has joined together with partner organisations in Scotland and Wales to compile a list of key aims for the UK’s withdrawal of the EU. Top of the list is membership of the single market and customs union.
Ignorance and the Arts in Northern Ireland
Two quotes 120 years apart about the value of the Arts and Culture signify the shift we are currently seeing.
Poverty – are we doing it wrong?
Two years of research from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Frameworks Institute have found that traditional campaigns against poverty tend to backfire. If this issue is to be tackled, a new approach is required.
The end of the blue bus?
“the blue bus is callin' us Driver, where you taken us” The End by The Doors
There is nothing right about an absence of government
The absence of local political leadership is having a harmful effect on human rights, according to the Human Rights Commissioner.
Young people in Ardoyne have their say
Modern best practice in the third sector hinges on services that have been designed – or, at the very least informed – by the users themselves.
The Unabomber: uncanny prophecies of a dangerous man
Twenty two years ago a brilliant mathematician showed uncanny prescience when he anticipated a great debate about automation and artificial intelligence.
The ongoing perils of our year of non-governance
Stormont collapsed 12 months ago leaving Northern Ireland in stasis while Brexit plans are shaped and the health service crumbles. Here we look at NICVA’s response to a Westminster consultation on the crisis.
Spending other peoples' money: the dormant account issue
There has been much coverage about the £19 million dormant account money which Stormont has still not distributed to charities.