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Local news is vital for communities

27 Sep 2019 Ryan MillerSocial Policy, Equality, Sector Issues

Some original Fake News, in which a beloved dog named Boy is killed by a Necromancer

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

27 Sep 2019 Nick GarbuttPolicy

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

19 Sep 2019 Ryan MillerEquality, Economy, Social Policy

Women’stec CEO Lynn Carvill (left) with Mark Nutt and Maria Bradley from Gilbert-Ash

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

18 Sep 2019 Nick GarbuttEnvironment

Work has started on developing an environmental strategy for Northern Ireland, at long last.

Politicians and policy: lessons from Dublin

13 Sep 2019 Nick GarbuttHousing, Policy

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

13 Sep 2019 Ryan MillerWelfare Reform, Equality, Social Policy

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

6 Sep 2019 Nick GarbuttEnvironment, Climate Change

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.

East Belfast community work is ready to blossom

6 Sep 2019 Ryan MillerSector Issues, Social Policy, Economy, Equality

A multi-partner project aiming to build capacity and leadership among community groups appears to be that rare thing – an unqualified success.

Mary Ann McCracken, a tireless campaigner for social justice

30 Aug 2019 Nick GarbuttSector Issues

The Belfast Charitable Society, the city’s oldest charity, has set up a foundation to celebrate the life and work of one of Belfast’s most remarkable women – Mary Ann McCracken.

Autism petition approaches 10,000 signatures

29 Aug 2019 Ryan MillerMental Health, Health, Education, Equality, Social Policy

Autism NI is calling for mandatory autism training for all teachers in Northern Ireland –organising a petition they will present at Stormont next month. Scope speaks with CEO Kerry Boyd.

The need for smart justice

23 Aug 2019 Nick GarbuttJustice

The Northern Ireland Probation service is consulting the public on how it should develop its services in the future.

Independent Guardian Service marks a year of helping children in desperation

21 Aug 2019 Ryan MillerSocial Policy, Immigration, Modern Slavery, Sector Issues

Michele Janes, Head of Barnardo's NI

In 12 months, Barnardo’s NI helped 55 children and young people who were trafficked to NI or who arrived here alone. Some of their circumstances are heartbreaking. Scope takes a look.

Obesity, fitness trackers, and the war on diabetes

15 Aug 2019 Nick GarbuttHealth

There are currently 96,000 people diagnosed with diabetes in Northern Ireland – that’s 6% of the population. By this time next year that figure will rise to more than 100,000.

The Boris bounce and the science of optimism

15 Aug 2019 Nick GarbuttPolitics

Before he took office Jacob Rees-Mogg said that Prime Minister Boris Johnson “must peddle optimism as if he were a steroid-boosted cyclist trying to win the Tour de France.” And so it has come to pass.

Mental health: learning from the real experts

9 Aug 2019 Nick GarbuttMental Health, Health

There is a growing trend for health professionals to acknowledge that patients and their families are experts by experience.

The price of rights

9 Aug 2019 Ryan MillerSocial Policy, Human Rights

Chief Commissioner Les Allamby

The NI Human Rights Commission is struggling to function within its current budgets. Recurrent cuts have left some of its main functions unavailable. This needs to change.

Poverty is bad for you

1 Aug 2019 Ryan MillerHealth, Mental Health, Social Policy, Equality

Photo by Anton Darius | @theSollers on Unsplash

Northern Ireland has startling gaps in life expectancy between rich and poor areas. Scope looks at the latest figures from the Department of Health.

The future of wellbeing – prevention, tech, and more

30 Jul 2019 Ryan MillerHealth, Mental Health, Wellbeing, Social Policy, 4th Industrial Revolution

Photo by rawpixel.com from Pexels

Mental health provision has never been good enough. As our understanding of mental health improves, we need to build a system fit for the future, not the present. Technology will play a part. We need to decide what part that is.

Boris: obesity and the nanny state

26 Jul 2019 Nick GarbuttHealth

Boris Johnson’s elevation to Prime Minister will have profound – and potentially negative – impacts on public health policy.

Unpicking the thinking behind votes

24 Jul 2019 Ryan MillerPolitics, Social Policy

New Prime Minister Boris Johnson

A new PM will – ultimately – mean elections. Low-income voters are energised, having re-engaged in UK politics. This is an opportunity for politicians who support their interests. It could be the downfall of those who don’t.

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