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“Your head is the pinball” – but things don’t have to be like this

29 Mar 2019 Ryan MillerSocial Policy, Sector Issues, Politics

Everything is breaking. It’s easy to feel despondent but, if you want to fix anything, it’s much better to be calm, think about the good that can and is being done, and have some positivity. Scope tags along to the Imagine Festival.

Some good news, at last

29 Mar 2019 Nick GarbuttEconomy, Policy

There has been one piece of very good news for Northern Ireland in an otherwise gloomy, Brexit dominated week.

Belfast hosts a different peoples' vote

22 Mar 2019 Nick GarbuttPolitics, Sector Issues, Funding

A new democratic movement is gaining traction in Northern Ireland. From Rathlin Island to Newry and the Clogher Valley local people are deciding for themselves how money in their communities should be spent.

Back to the drawing board for sustainable transport to school

21 Mar 2019 Ryan MillerHealth, Mental Health, Education, Economy, Social Policy, Transport

Chris Hazzard MLA, then Minister for Infrastructure, with pupils from St Colmcille's Primary School in Downpatrick on Bike to School Day in June 2016

Efforts are underway to change transport habits in Northern Ireland – but they might not be working. Scope looks at the annual school transport figures.

Fighting cancer together, why we need a strategy

15 Mar 2019 Nick GarbuttHealth

The Department of Health has announced that it is to commission a new cancer strategy for Northern Ireland.

The public view of charities: could do better

14 Mar 2019 Ryan MillerSector Issues, Fundraising

Photo by Kat Yukawa on Unsplash

The links between trust in charities and the level of donations are not clear cut – but they are there. Fostering goodwill is vital for fundraising and generating other support.

No news is bad news - the death of the press

8 Mar 2019 Nick GarbuttMedia, Policy

Newspapers are dying. This is not just a tragedy for journalism, it is also a threat to democracy. There is a need for a public policy response before it is too late.

Employability programmes can transform lives and communities

7 Mar 2019 Ryan MillerSocial Policy, Education, Mental Health, Economy, Young People

Participants in Start360’s Switch onto Employment, at the scheme's celebration last August

The European Social Fund has committed £200m to NI for employability schemes – including Start360’s Switch onto Employment. The organisation tells Scope that ESF’s post-Brexit replacement cannot be half hearted.

The terrifying truth about climate change

1 Mar 2019 Nick GarbuttEnvironment, Climate Change

It has been one of those weeks when everyone has been talking about the weather.

The Justice Department wants your views on how best to beat internet grooming and child abuse

28 Feb 2019 Ryan MillerJustice, Education, Social Policy, Mental Health, Health

Photo by William Iven on Unsplash

How justice agencies and the law tackle online child sexual exploitation is evolving. Common availability of the internet is only about 20 years old – while the reach and nature of usage has changed massively in the last decade.

Have your say on making the health service more open

22 Feb 2019 Nick GarbuttHealth

The Department of Health is currently working through its response to the Inquiry into Hyponatraemia-related Deaths.

Reform of stroke services could lead the way for health transformation

21 Feb 2019 Ryan MillerHealth, Health Reform, Social Policy

Stroke survivor Rosemary Brown and her partner Martin

A new report from the Stroke Association proves services have significant shortcomings. Officials have planned sweeping changes - which they want to show how our entire Health and Social Care system can be reformed.

Childcare provision is good but there are problems with affordability and sustainability

14 Feb 2019 Ryan MillerEducation, Economy, Social Policy, Sector Issues, Health, Equality

Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

Last month, Employers for Childcare released their ninth annual NI Childcare Cost Survey. The burden on families is enormous - but providers are also under huge strain. Reform (financial assistance and restructuring) is required.

The health revolution

13 Feb 2019 Nick GarbuttHealth, 4th Industrial Revolution

Medicine is at the dawn of a new era. A whole range of new digital technologies, significant steps in developing artificial intelligence and rapid developments on genomics will together transform healthcare forever.

The Crisis in Social Care: the road to nowhere

8 Feb 2019 Nick GarbuttHealth, Social Care

Power to People, the expert panel review of adult social care in Northern Ireland called for the authorities to start a public conversation about how services should be structured and funded.

Quality of life is easy to understand but difficult to pin down

8 Feb 2019 Ryan MillerHealth, Mental Health, Equality, Social Inclusion, Social Policy, Education, Economy

Photo by Nathan Anderson on Unsplash

Reform is possible in NI, even without a government. Officials last week published a paper seeking to understand what is meant by “quality of life” – with the ultimate aim of improving the lot of adults and children with disabilities.

Winning the war on cancer

31 Jan 2019 Nick GarbuttHealth

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of Northern Ireland’s first cancer charity. Scope looks back and examines the future of cancer treatments and asks if there will ever be a cure.

Popular input makes better policy

31 Jan 2019 Ryan MillerHealth, Equality, Social Policy

People love the NHS and attempts at reform are often met with public resistance. However, its adaptability has been one of its greatest strengths. The response to the hyponatraemia inquiry highlights this.

How to feed the world

25 Jan 2019 Nick GarbuttAgriculture, Policy

This week the great and the good gathered at Davos for the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) annual meeting.

Welfare Reform mitigations have problems that could be helped by an Executive

23 Jan 2019 Ryan MillerWelfare Reform, Mental Health, Child Poverty, Poverty, Social Policy, Equality, Sector Issues

An Audit Office report has highlighted huge Welfare Reform underspend. Several NI organisations say bigger problems are coming. With no Assembly, we are rudderless – but Stormont struggled to deal with this first time round.


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