We need to talk about wealth inequality – not just now, but always
23 Mar 2023Ryan Miller undefinedInequality, Poverty, Social Policy, Economy
Distribution of wealth should a headline talking point of economic discourse, alongside GDP, employment levels and inflation.
Poverty has many faces
6 Mar 2023Ryan Miller undefinedPoverty, Social Policy, Sector Issues, Social Security, Mental Health
New research reaffirms an old oddity – Northern Ireland has the lowest rate of poverty of any UK region. However, that’s not the whole story.
Are we comfortable with continuing to fail children with SEN?
16 Feb 2023Ryan Miller undefinedEducation, SEN, Social Policy
For years, mental health provision was described as Northern Ireland’s ‘Cinderella Service’. What words would best describe services for special educational needs?
The growing role of charities in society must be embraced
8 Feb 2023Ryan Miller undefinedThird Sector, Sector Issues, Funding, Economy, Environment, Social Policy
A huge new report, years in the making, says that the community and voluntary sector’s increasing importance needs to be fully embraced. The private, public and third sectors all need to work together to build the best-possible future.
Tough times can bring out the best in people
25 Jan 2023Ryan Miller undefinedMental Health, Health, Cost of Living, Poverty, Sector Issue, Social Policy, Funding
Two new pieces of research lay out two sides of the cost-of-living crisis: poor mental health, and communities rising to meet the problems we all face.
Data is growing. How it grows is up to us.
6 Jan 2023Ryan Miller undefinedData, Human Rights, Health, Big Data, Sector Issues, Social Policy, Privacy
Does big data provide an opportunity to improve the world? Can our personal info be used for nefarious ends? The answer to both is yes, potentially. Everyone should have an educated say in how we, as a society, use data.
Childcare needs support, and right now – for everyone’s benefit
25 Nov 2022Ryan Miller undefinedEconomy, Childcare, Education, Social Policy, Children, Early Years
For too long, childcare in Northern Ireland has been treated as an afterthought. As inflation hits its highest rate for over four decades, the pressure on both providers and parents is coming to a head.
Access Research Knowledge on Northern Ireland's social issues
5 Jan 2016Bob Harper Detail DataDetail Data, Open Data, Open Data Portal, Research, Social Issues, Social Policy
You can now access over 15 years of social information from ARK Northern Ireland on the Detail Data Portal.
Tax Credits Crunch - unpicking the July budget's effect on NI
1 Oct 2015Ryan Miller Welfare Reform, Social Policy
The importance of Welfare Reform in Northern Ireland has shrunk, grown or both - depending on your views - thanks to the Chancellor's July budget. Over 100,000 homes have projected income reductions of over £1,600. Scope takes a look.
Women and dealing with the past
17 Sep 2015Ryan Miller Peace Process, Social Policy
A report released this week says we need to better provide for female victims in order to address the legacy of conflict. Scope looks at its suggestions.