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Who Plans Belfast?

18 Dec 2014 Peace Process, Community Relations

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?

16 Dec 2014 Nick GarbuttPeace Process, Community Relations

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

12 Dec 2014 Nick GarbuttPeace Process, Community Relations

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

8 Dec 2014 Nick GarbuttMedia

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?

4 Dec 2014 Ryan MillerBudget

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?

27 Nov 2014 Nick GarbuttPublic Sector Reform, Public Service Delivery, Open Data

Paul Braithwaite, Development and Implementation Officer, Building Change Trust, looks at whether an Open Government could be the step change that Northern Ireland needs.

Where the Big Lottery millions will go

25 Nov 2014 Nick GarbuttFunding, Sector Issues

Joanne McDowell, NI director of the Big Lottery Fund

Early next year the Big Lottery Fund will unveil its spending priorities for the next six years with more than £100 million at stake, Scope caught up with Northern Ireland director Joanne McDowell to read the runes.

Life in the garret - art work in NI

24 Nov 2014 Ryan MillerNo Topics

An Artists' Union march in the USA in the 1930s

Young at Art's Claire Kelly talks to Scope about poor pay and conditions in the arts sector, and how she thinks collective bargaining can help.

Analysis: religion, equality and the clash of rights

24 Nov 2014 Nick GarbuttNo Topics

Equality Cartoon

The “gay cake” controversy has degenerated into a row between those who support gay marriage and those who do not. Scope probes further into a clash of human rights.

Stumbling backwards into the future

24 Nov 2014 Nick GarbuttPeace Process

The ugly scaffolding around the architecture of the institutions

Quintin Oliver ran the Yes campaign in the referendum that followed the Good Friday Agreement. Here he analyses what has been achieved to date and the challenges that remain

Meet the new boss: Andrew McCracken from CFNI

24 Nov 2014 Ryan MillerMeet the new boss

Andrew McCracken, new CEO with the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland

Scope talks with Andrew McCracken, recently appointed chief executive at funding organisers CFNI, about the importance of empowerment and economic trouble on the horizon.

Why is integrated education getting nowhere?

20 Nov 2014 Nick GarbuttCommunity Relations

Lagan College

The founders of Northern Ireland realised that having segregated education would make division worse. They wanted kids to be taught together. Almost 100 years later this prospect looks as distant as ever. Scope asks why.

Budget analysis: half baked and two speed

20 Nov 2014 Ryan MillerBudget

Northern Ireland budget cuts

A look at the consequences for the third sector, and beyond, stemming from Stormont's Draft Budget for 2015/16

Two brave women campaigners should learn from

14 Nov 2014 Nick GarbuttNo Topics

Doing good work is not always the same as doing work that has widespread popular support.

Suicide survivor’s moving story of hope

11 Nov 2014 No Topics

Kevin Hines

Kevin Hines jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco – and lived.

Health boss goes to war over negative media coverage

10 Nov 2014 Nick GarbuttMedia

The tension between the media and health authorities has exploded into open warfare and the dispute goes to the heart of the function of the Press. Scope investigates.

Big Lottery makes major new appointments

6 Nov 2014 Nick GarbuttFunding

Eileen Mullan

The Big Lottery Fund has appointed three new Northern Ireland committee members to make decisions on how National Lottery funding is invested.

News You Can Use: November

3 Nov 2014 Ryan MillerNo Topics

Scope's picks of the month - we read the news so you don't have to.

Why we are bringing Scope back to life

27 Oct 2014 Seamus McAleaveyNo Topics

Scope magazine's final printed copy, March 2008

NICVA Chief Executive Seamus McAleavey looks back at the last print edition of Scope and explains why it is being re-launched today.

Les Allamby: why human rights matter

27 Oct 2014 Nick GarbuttNo Topics

Northern Ireland’s latest Human Rights Commissioner

Les Allamby had been in post a few days when David Cameron set his party on a course that could plunge Northern Ireland into a constitutional crisis with Allamby's office at its centre.

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