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The scandal of sending fine defaulters to jail
At a time when public services are on their knees and when mass redundancies are planned for public sector workers, how can the Department of Justice justify spending around £24 million a year jailing people for failing to pay fines?
Why we should train politicians
Is it a scandal that Atlantic Philanthropies are paying for the training of our MLAs? Scope examines the issue.
What does the Stormont House Agreement say for the sector?
The Stormont House Agreement – what does it mean for the community and voluntary sector?
Defensive Planning - how the military shaped Belfast
Exclusive: Scope has unearthed new evidence about secret security force oversight over planning decisions during the Troubles and the lasting division this has caused.
Analysis: healthcare's potentially fatal paradox
Local health and social care reform is based on moving provision closer to home - but are cuts to both emergency and domiciliary care causing a spiralling crisis?
Charity Commission verdict on sector
Charity Commission Chief Executive Frances McCandless talks to Scope about CEO pay, governance and registration.
Oral histories and dealing with the past
Dealing with the past is our toughest local issue. The Stormont House Agreement included a commitment to using oral histories to conserve and promote the experiences of local people - here UU's Dr Adrian Grant explores their potential.
Corporation Tax: change nothing and nothing changes
In our second article on corporation tax - this time analysing the case for lowering rates - Scope asks whether its advocates are keeping a sane head in difficult times
Who Plans Belfast?
Our revelations about the 1971 secret report into peacelines finally vindicates Scope, which was derided by the NIO when we published Derek Alcorn’s piece in 1982. The orginal article is reproduced below.
The Interface: will the walls ever come down?
The war may be over but the battle scarred front line is still there. Scope asks what the future holds for interface communities.
The secret government report that helped make peace walls permanent
Scope has had access to a secret 1971 government document that helped set segregation in stone and made Belfast’s peace walls permanent.
Inside the Nolan Show
The “Biggest Show in the Country” is broadcast from a tiny studio at the end of a corridor which dog legs deep into the disorientating innards of Broadcasting House. It’s not easy to find.
Fantastic Mr Tax – is devolution of corporation rates wily economics or a fairytale?
Chancellor George Osborne has paved the way for devolved corporation tax in Stormont. In the coming weeks Scope will examine the pros and cons of lowering the rate - here we look at some of the arguments against a reduction.
Open Government: is necessity the mother of invention?
Paul Braithwaite, Development and Implementation Officer, Building Change Trust, looks at whether an Open Government could be the step change that Northern Ireland needs.