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Social democracy - departments and their profiles
Twitter is the social channel of choice in politics. Scope undertakes a serious analysis of how the new NI Executive departments distribute information to the adoring masses.
Blowing in the wind: the answer to our energy woes?
In the second of our series exploring big economic ideas coming out of the Centre for Economic Empowerment's Festival of Economics we look at community energy schemes
Sovereign Money: piggy bank economics or the answer to financial crisis?
In the first of a series Scope will unpick some of the big ideas raised in the Centre for Economic Empowerment’s Festival of Economics.
Weak partnerships failing children in Northern Ireland
Children who find themselves in the most difficult situations are being let down by failures in partnership working – growing evidence suggests local agencies struggle to deal with complex problems
McKay resigns over allegations he coached Bryson regarding Nama
Sinn Fein MLA Daithí McKay has resigned following an Irish News scoop about Nama evidence concerning Peter Robinson – allegations of corruption within an investigation into corruption. Scope looks at the context.
Have cake, eat cake, still have cake
The letter from the First (and deputy First) Minister to new PM Theresa May is staggering – NI wants to be part of the EU in all but name, even if “Brexit means Brexit”
Special Report: State of the Sector
NICVA has just published its State of the Sector report: the most accurate and comprehensive survey of the Community and Voluntary Sector in Northern Ireland.
Poverty: persistence and price
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation released a report this week on the extra costs to the public purse as a consequence of poverty. Understanding some of their methodology helps put the figures in context.
Climate Change: what the future holds for us
Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK not to have a Climate Change Act.
Corbyn, competence and the future of Labour
The closer you look at Jeremy Corbyn, the more the depth of his failings become apparent. His ability to gather new supporters by tapping into a particular vein of frustration should not be ignored - but leadership requires more.
Older Peoples' Commissioner shocked by PfG omission
Scope meets Eddie Lynch, the new Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland.
Sugden to face abortion test
It will not be long before we find out what new Justice Minister Claire Sugden meant when she said she would adopt a “subtle” approach to abortion.
Key report on health reform completed
The international panel of experts brought in to examine how best we can avoid disaster and create a solid Health and Social Care has finished its work. Now it's over to politicans - and the rest of us - the first signs are hopeful.
Do we really need a Secretary of State for Northern Ireland?
Scope editor Nick Garbutt asks if we really need a Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.