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Spending other peoples' money: the dormant account issue

11 Jan 2018 Nick GarbuttFunding, Sector Issues

There has been much coverage about the £19 million dormant account money which Stormont has still not distributed to charities.

Report shows 48% of Northern Ireland jobs at risk of automation

5 Jan 2018 Nick GarbuttSector Issues, Welfare Reform. 4th Industrial Revolution

A report has just been published by an influential Think Tank which shows that Northern Ireland is the most vulnerable region in the UK to job losses as a result of automation. 

Holiday hunger, and how it might be fixed

5 Jan 2018 Ryan MillerHealth, Education, Social Policy, Sector Issues

Portadown Gets Active

With most people feeling well stuffed after Christmas, it is a good time to look at those less fortunate, and how many children in NI rely on healthy lunches they get at school that then disappear over the holidays.

Big Brother and Big Data

15 Dec 2017 Nick GarbuttHuman Rights, 4th Industrial Revolution

Les Allamby, chief commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission is deeply concerned about the impact of technological surveillance on privacy rights

Power to people, the future of adult social care

15 Dec 2017 Nick GarbuttHealth

This week the Department of Health published the Expert Advisory Panel’s Review into Adult Social Care, Power to People. 

Westminster wants a greater say in NI rights

15 Dec 2017 Ryan MillerHuman Rights, Social Policy, Sector Issues, Health

Left to right: John McCallister (Commissioner); Helena Macormac (Commissioner); Chief Commissioner, Les Allamby; Eddie Rooney (Commissioner); The Rt Hon Harriet Harman QC MP; Helen Ferguson (Commissioner); and Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission Chief Executive, David Russell at the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission's 2017 Annual Statement Launch.

MPs are growing more confident and strident about taking a lead in rights issues in Northern Ireland. Local people, activists and politicians should take notice – the balance on matters like abortion and gay marriage might be about to tip.

Hand to mouth: Northern Ireland’s poverty outlook

8 Dec 2017 Ryan MillerSocial Policy, Welfare Reform, Equality, Education

Employment is no guarantee against poverty, and lack of qualifications makes things harder still. A new Joseph Rowntree Foundation report shows Northern Ireland is not well equipped to tackle this issue.

Technology must enhance not destroy care for older people

8 Dec 2017 Nick GarbuttHealth, 4th Industrial Revolution

Eddie Lynch, Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland lays out how technology should be used to support our ageing population 

Brexit, the border and other European contexts

6 Dec 2017 Carys BrownBrexit, Politics

Carys Brown looks at how other European countries manage their borders with the EU and examines the implications for Northern Ireland. 

Brexit pitfalls for medical science – and patients - are real, but can be avoided

1 Dec 2017 Ryan MillerHealth, Social Policy, Sector Issues, Brexit

Simon Gillespie at BHF's Belfast office

Scope talks with British Heart Foundation CEO Simon Gillespie about concerns for cardiovascular research in the wake of Brexit - and how UK legislators can avoid harming our world-class research sector and the patients that rely on it.

How robot seals and intelligent toilets are transforming care for older people

30 Nov 2017 Nick GarbuttHealth, 4th Industrial Revolution

Our oldest people are suffering the most as the health service falters in the face of overwhelming demand. 

Small charities and large risk – how scammers can hijack your identity to steal money all over the world

24 Nov 2017 Ryan MillerSector Issues, Justice

HAPANI's website

HAPANI is a small organisation based in Belfast that recent found itself an unwilling and unwitting vehicle in an international fraud. They speak to Scope about the need for better protections and how any organisation could fall foul.

Belfast's city deal explained

23 Nov 2017 Nick GarbuttPolicy, Economy

It was widely predicted by commentators that there would be no extra money for Northern Ireland in the budget. For once, and thankfully, they were wrong. 

The machines are coming – but what does that mean?

17 Nov 2017 Ryan MillerSector Issues, Social Policy, Equality, Human Rights

Photo by Alex Knight on Unsplash

What do we want from technology? Specifically, what do we as individuals and a society want – and not want – from artificial intelligence? These questions need to be answered now.

The future of punishment: prisons without bars and hell on earth

16 Nov 2017 Nick GarbuttJustice, 4th Industrial Revolution

Technological change poses enormous challenges for the future punishment and rehabilitation of offenders. 

“Justice is possible”

10 Nov 2017 Ryan MillerJustice; Social Policy; Sector Issues

Saroeun Sek

Saroeun Sek is an incredible man. His efforts in tackling modern slavery in Cambodia provide policy lessons for Northern Ireland – and personal inspiration for everyone.

The Revolution has started without us ...

10 Nov 2017 Nick GarbuttSector Issues, 4th Industrial Revolution

The next industrial revolution is already underway. What used to be in the realm of science fiction is becoming scientific fact. 

A health check for our health service

3 Nov 2017 Nick GarbuttHealth, Politics

When Sir Liam Donaldson reviewed Northern Ireland’s health care system in 2014 he said politicians were incapable of implementing the necessary reforms. 

Cold Christmas coming for those on Universal Credit

3 Nov 2017 Ryan MillerWelfare Reform; Social Policy

For people in NI the Independent Welfare Changes Helpline is available on 0808 802 0020

Without some consideration there could be a difficult Christmas for people relying on Universal Credit. Calls are being made for a truce.

Life in the shadow of the peace walls

27 Oct 2017 Nick GarbuttPolicy, Sector Issues

To many Belfast’s peace walls are either an embarrassment or else a macabre visitor attraction. Those who live in their shadows are routinely patronised and often demonised.  

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