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Brexit and Northern Ireland
The European referendum campaign has got off to an entertaining start, but rarely has any debate shed such little light on the real issues.
Welfare sanctions in NI: the facts
Adam Tinson, senior research analyst at the New Policy Institute analyses the growing gap between benefits sanctions in Northern Ireland and GB.
The Future of Doing Good
The Big Lottery Fund has just published a report on the future of charities
English now comes easier to those in need
Bizarre variations in English lessons for asylum seekers, refugees and other vulnerable immigrants have recently been ironed out by DEL. Scope hears why this is good for all of us.
Democracy and NI: the state we live in
What is the state of democracy in Northern Ireland? Many would give a one-word answer. But to improve the world around us we need engagement, and to embrace of nuance, complexity and the views of others. No-one said it was easy.
Is the third sector losing its way?
Difficult questions were put to those in community and voluntary organisations at an Imagine! Belfast event this week. When does valid criticism end and self-flaggelation begin? Scope has a look.
The changing face of local poverty
The whys and wherefores of being poor in Northern Ireland are changing and could become more difficult to address, according to a new Joseph Rowntree Foundation report.
If New Zealand can ban zero hour contracts why can't we?
This week New Zealand became the first country in the western world to ban zero hour contracts. Scope examines the issues.
Political policing - a new map for murky terrain
This week the Committee for the Administration of Justice launched a paper designed to inform people about the whys and wherefores of public order policing - useful for a factual approach to oversight of the PSNI. Scope takes a look.
The truth about homelessness and street deaths
The recent death of a homeless man on the streets of Belfast has caused a furore and a flurry of emergency meetings as the authorities work out a response.
NI transport is at a crucial time – and has an opportunity
The recent consultation document on Accessible Transport appears to have forgotten about community providers – but are things that simple? Scope takes a look.
Savile, child abuse and the BBC
It has been a truly awful week for the BBC with the publication of two separate reports into its treatment of the Jimmy Savile and Stuart Hall affairs.
A more inclusive and mature public discourse – Imagine!
The Imagine! Festival of Ideas and Politics returns to Belfast next month for its second year. Scope speaks to organiser Peter O’Neill about the gap it fills in public debate.
Time to waken the sleeping giant
Scope editor Nick Garbutt argues that the forthcoming elections provide the sector with the opportunity to fulfil its potential to influence political change.