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Why we should take on the final taboo

28 Sep 2018 Nick GarbuttHealth

In 150 years time every single living person will be dead.

Behind the numbers: jobs in our changing economy are at the mercy of powerful, competing forces

28 Sep 2018 Ryan MillerEconomy, Social Policy, Education

Industry leaders are optimistic about the potential for automation, predicting it will create more jobs in the next few years than the tens of millions it will displace. Is this optimism meaningful?

How NI's education system still falls short on relationships and sex

21 Sep 2018 Ryan MillerEducation, Health, Mental Health, Social Policy

More young people in the UK are contacting Childline because of issues around consent and peer sexual abuse. Here in NI, our ethos-driven schools system fails by design.

How everyone can improve health care

21 Sep 2018 Nick GarbuttHealth

The debate about the future of health care tends to centre around how we can raise more money to pay for it. Yet this neglects a vital issue.

Charities: when things go wrong

14 Sep 2018 Nick GarbuttSector Issues, Governance, Charity Regulation

Charities are under intense scrutiny after a series of media firestorms which have undermined public trust and confidence not just in the organisations concerned but the entire sector.

There will be unfortunate irony if Brexit is terrible - but the UK already had real problems

14 Sep 2018 Ryan MillerSector Issues, Health, Brexit, Social Policy, Poverty, Welfare Reform

Some major issues that drove Brexit could worsen after we leave the EU. This says some interesting things not just about the UK's decision - but also about the status quo we are leaving behind.

Charity retail saw remarkable growth last quarter

7 Sep 2018 Ryan MillerNo Topics

Charity shops do great work fundraising for the sector, providing affordable goods, and recycling. But, with the High Streets struggling, are they too successful? Probably not – but the context is important. 

Give Stormont more powers to fix economy, says think tank

7 Sep 2018 Nick GarbuttPolicy, Politics, Economy

A landmark report into the economy by an influential think tank argues that more devolution is a key element in boosting prosperity.

Investing in resilience

31 Aug 2018 Ryan MillerNo Topics

Prevention is better than cure. When it comes to poor mental health, prevention can often mean resilience - but how can this be improved? Scope speaks with Action Mental Health about their efforts to do just that.

People power: how communities can take over public buildings

30 Aug 2018 Nick GarbuttNo Topics

Stevie McGirr of Development Trusts NI explains how community asset transfers work in advance of its conference on 19 September

Time to end this unfair tax break to help save Health?

30 Aug 2018 Nick GarbuttNo Topics

The health service desperately needs more money, with or without reform.

The Roughest Form of Justice

24 Aug 2018 Nick GarbuttNo Topics

Twenty years after the Good Friday Agreement so-called punishment beatings are on the rise.

Fighting back against violence

17 Aug 2018 Ryan MillerFunding, Social Policy, Sector Issues, Justice, Mental Health, Young People

Fight for Peace is working in Northern Irleand

A new report from the Big Lottery Fund makes a good effort at illustrating what prevention and early intervention actually mean, when it comes to reducing youth violence.

We deserve better: bringing power to the people

17 Aug 2018 Nick GarbuttNo Topics

On August 28 Northern Ireland will have gone 589 days without a government.

The Red Cross you might not know

10 Aug 2018 Ryan MillerSector Issues, Funding, Health, Education, Social Policy

As image concerns go, it's a bit different; the Red Cross is a world-famous organisation held in high esteem. However, most awareness concerns the work in the world's worst disaster zones. Their day to day is less spectacular but just as important.

Northern Ireland: a peace process in crisis

9 Aug 2018 Nick GarbuttPolicy; Peace Process

A coalition of peace builders in Northern Ireland is reaching out to the community and voluntary sector to help inject new life into a faltering process.

Justice is expensive

3 Aug 2018 Ryan MillerJustice, Equality, Social Policy

Legal aid reforms in England and Wales have posed problems for the DoJ here.

Local legal aid costs are very high. However, reforms in England and Wales highlight real problems of trying to reduce them effectively.

The crisis that will not go away: the scandal in the aid sector

1 Aug 2018 Nick GarbuttSector Issues, Charity Regulation

There is much more to the sexual exploitation and abuse scandal in the aid sector than the shocking headlines in the media this week suggest.

Democracy is changing

27 Jul 2018 Ryan MillerSocial Policy, Politics

Democracy is changing

Politics feels increasingly fractious, perhaps irrevocably broken. That is a blinkered view. The only thing that is certain is change, not ruin.

How to prepare for climate change

27 Jul 2018 Nick GarbuttEnvironment, Policy

A glorious summer has been soured by recent apocalyptic headlines about multiple future deaths as summer temperatures rise.

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