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Cheers! The truth about problem drinking

9 Dec 2016 Nick GarbuttHealth, Social Issues

News outlets are as predictable as the seasons. For them Christmas is not a period for contemplation of the divine but for reflections on a very different spirit: booze. 

The political future of advanced nations is more uncertain than ever

8 Dec 2016 Ryan MillerEquality, Social Policy, Politics

2016 has been a remarkable year for politics but don’t draw a line under anything as we approach the new year – now, as much as ever, it is destination unknown.

The dementia paradox – a problem we are tackling but which is a growing concern

2 Dec 2016 Ryan MillerHealth, Mental Health

Rates of dementia are decreasing amongst older people but broadly better health in other areas means it is becoming more prominent as a cause of death.

Health Service: the crisis deepens

2 Dec 2016 Nick GarbuttHealth, Politics

A series of news stories this week illustrate both the depths of the crisis engulfing the health service and the immense task faced by reformers. 

Debate of the Week: a greenway network across NI

1 Dec 2016 Ryan MillerEnvironment, Mental Health, Health

CS Lewis Square opened last week – another major boost for Belfast. When can the successful greenway projects that have helped the city and surrounding areas be developed across Northern Ireland?

Debate of the week: citizen’s budget

25 Nov 2016 Ryan MillerPolitics, Policy, Funding

In an era of public dissatisfaction with politics some feel greater engagement from Joe Public can both create better policy and improve the relationship between Stormont and voters.

Abortion, authoritarianism, and human rights

25 Nov 2016 Nick GarbuttSocial Issues

It is annoying to have to listen to people with whom you profoundly and passionately disagree. 

What am I?

25 Nov 2016 Nick GarbuttSocial Issues

by Joe Kenny It must have been when I was still at primary school.  There was a  game show on the TV, round about lunch time, called ‘Going for Gold’.

The draft Programme for Government and education

18 Nov 2016 Ryan MillerEducation, Policy, Politics, Equality

Scope takes a look at the draft PfG, currently out for consultation, and the educational aspects of its strategic aims and associated indicators.

The health service: writing to the blind and shouting at the deaf

18 Nov 2016 Nick GarbuttHealth

Blind people get sent letters inviting them to eye clinics for appointments. They do not turn up because they can’t read them. 

Debate of the Week: Middletown Centre for Autism

16 Nov 2016 Ryan MillerPolicy, Education, Health, Social Policy, Funding

This week’s look at Stormont touches on autism provision – something of which there is a serious shortfall in NI.

At last! The disability research project led by people with disabilities

11 Nov 2016 Nick GarbuttDisability, Sector Issues

One of the most telling indictments of society’s attitudes to people with disabilities is that it has taken until now for research into how to help disabled people live independent lives to be led by those affected

Debate of the Week: Question Time with Arlene Foster

11 Nov 2016 Ryan MillerFunding, Politics, Community Relations, Peace Process, Equality

Our Stormont snapshot takes its first foray into oral questions; we look at an aspect of Fresh Start that aims to reduce paramilitary influence.

Inappropriate language: what is going on in modern politics?

10 Nov 2016 Ryan MillerMedia, Politics

The establishment is taking a kicking at the polls and many people struggle to understand why. One reason the point is being missed is because political discussion is hamstrung by outdated slogans.

Fostering goodwill with another unionist defection

4 Nov 2016 Ryan MillerMedia, Politics

It's been a great week for a new DUP recruit

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Party-hopping councillor Aaron Callan has stepped on a rake and smacked himself in the face – but it won’t really matter.

BBC Newsline: headlines and deadlines

3 Nov 2016 Nick GarbuttMedia

Every night at the top of the Six O’Clock national news BBC NI’s Newsline has 10 seconds to sell itself. 

Promising start for prison college

28 Oct 2016 Nick GarbuttJustice

At last some good news for the beleaguered Northern Ireland Prison Service. 

Debate of the week: meet the new plan, same as the old plan

27 Oct 2016 Ryan MillerHealth, Politics, Policy

Illustration by Patrick Sanders

The new Health Minister brought her 10-year plan for health reform to the floor on Tuesday.

Health reform, part two – stubborn opposition

27 Oct 2016 Ryan MillerHealth, Policy, Politics, Media

Scope looks at media shortcomings and the spectre of a populist threat to health reform that just won’t go away.

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