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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.
Welfare Reform: the view from Scotland
The general election result means Welfare Reform will come to Northern Ireland, one way or another. Scope looks at two reports examining its impact in Scotland - both on the public and the third sector.
How American non profits are getting politicians to sit up and notice
As cuts deepen should the sector lie down and take it, disappear into silos, with everyone fighting everyone else for scraps, or is there a better way?
Will the courts force through abortion reform?
In the latest in our series on abortion Scope examines the impending court case which could force the Assembly's hand on reform.
The demolition of community education in Northern Ireland
Just imagine the uproar if the education department withdrew a school’s funding two months before the end of term leaving A Level and GSCE students without teachers, and the rest of the pupils scrambling for places elsewhere.
Sector needs to act on mental health of staff
Professor Peter McBride chief executive of the Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health (Niamh) argues the Third Sector must act now to stave off a mental health crisis amongst employees following cuts.
Preserving heritage and understanding the past
Scope meets Paul Mullan, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Northern Ireland.
Has the Wells affair scuppered a Westminster deal for the DUP?
Scope analyses the fall-out from the Wells affair and concludes we should not be writing off the DUP just yet.
It's time to move on from the stale politics of peace
Independent MLA John McCallister calls for a realignment of politics in Northern Ireland and has some harsh words for the Make it Work campaign.
Abortion: the lives of others
David Smyth of the Evangelical Alliance, writing exclusively for Scope, challenges those currently calling for changes to Northern Ireland's abortion law
Buy a plastic bag and save the environment: how not to make cuts
Scope analyses the bizarre recent conduct of the Department of the Environment and suggests this is a text book example of how not to implement cuts.
Modern slavery - antiquity down your street
For most people the word slavery will evoke the distant and disconnected past. But for some people it is a reality in the here and now.
Welfare Reform: overseeing the inevitable
Presuming the near-inevitable happens and Welfare Reform (eventually) passes the Assembly, does Stormont need a dedicated committee for oversight? Scope speaks exclusively with Michael McMahon MSP, who convenes just such a group in Holyrood.
Opinion: abortion - our laws are in urgent need of reform
Grainne Teggart, Northern Ireland campaigner for Amnesty Interntional and head of its My Body My Rights campaign, writes for Scope to say that local abortion laws lack decency in the way they treat women in distress.