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Closing down our open spaces
The decision by Belfast City Council to grant planning permission for a sports ground on open land in West Belfast creates an uneasy precedent and is out of step with planning policy elsewhere, Scope reports.
The shocking truth about Transforming Your Care
Scope examines further evidence that the government's flagship Transforming Your Care programme is not just stalled but going backwards.
A healthy approach to asylum that will help us all
There won’t be huge political fanfare, but a recent DHSSPS decision to increase access to free healthcare amongst vulnerable groups will save money and improve everyone’s health. Scope looks at why.
Shaking up social policy
Scope provides an update on the recent series of articles on abortion in Northern Ireland, an area of policy that is under extreme scrutiny currently, with developments coming at pace.
Marginalised, excluded, demonised?
Scope examines a ground-breaking research project which aims to address the negative stereo-typing of young people by the media.
Sexism, racism and periscopes: Upper Bann on twitter
Upper Bann is just getting back to normal again after an election campaign that ended in acrimony with allegations of racist abuse.
Welfare Reform is correct in principle
There is a difference between theory and practice - despite some problems, Welfare Reform is a social good. Ian James Parsley writes exclusively for Scope.
Twitter: the MLAs of South Antrim
South Antrim - the Jewel of the Six Mile – joins Scope’s list of constituencies to receive a sober and sombre social media probe.
Transforming Your Minister - change at the top could revitalise DHSSPS
New Health Minister Simon Hamilton is making some good noises about reform – but changes need to be rapid and neither the financial capability or political will are guaranteed.
Pulling a stroke?
Scope analyses the controversy surrounding the Stroke Association’s shocking claims about stroke rates amongst people of working age and asks if great advocacy can become bad science.
Inside the world of the spads
Earlier this month the Office of First Minister deputy First Minister released information that it was ordered to by the Information Commissioner revealing the salaries paid to the special advisors working for the First Minister.
The Apathy Party sweeps the board again
Now that the dust has settled on the General Election and the victory champagne has gone flat, Scope looks at the section of the electorate nobody is talking about: the people who did not vote.
Truth or justice, or both?
Dealing with the past is difficult – especially when its two common ideals work against each other. Scope looks at whether the Stormont House Agreement can untangle truth and justice and allow progress to run rather than shuffle.
Up the sanction - Welfare Reform's teeth could bite itself
DWP says sanctions are a "last resort" and encouragement to work - but some reported examples make that description look laughable, and could make them the biggest danger to Welfare Reform. Scope takes a look.