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A solution or a fix?

7 Sep 2016 Ryan MillerPolitics, Social Policy, Equality, Community Relations, Peace Process, Human Rights

Illustration by Patrick Sanders

Proposals for new electoral boundaries in Northern Ireland are out for consultation. So far, so calm - but expect more fiery opposition, and support, when the effects on party representation in Stormont are seen more clearly. 

In defence of Máirtín Ó Muilleoir

2 Sep 2016 Nick GarbuttPolitics

How can politicians expect everyone else to take our political institutions seriously when they show such contempt for them themselves?

Unspoken issues around making a will

2 Sep 2016 Ryan MillerSocial Policy, Funding, Sector Issues

Illustration by Patrick Sanders

In Northern Ireland, many people have not made a will, increasing the risk of intestacy to individuals and their families - while the lack of discussion about this issue also affects charities' funding.

Social democracy - departments and their profiles

26 Aug 2016 Ryan MillerSocial Policy, Social Media, Politics

Illustration by Patrick Sanders

Twitter is the social channel of choice in politics. Scope undertakes a serious analysis of how the new NI Executive departments distribute information to the adoring masses.

Blowing in the wind: the answer to our energy woes?

26 Aug 2016 Nick GarbuttEnvironment, Economics, Politics

In the second of our series exploring big economic ideas coming out of the Centre for Economic Empowerment's Festival of Economics we look at community energy schemes

Sovereign Money: piggy bank economics or the answer to financial crisis?

19 Aug 2016 Nick GarbuttPolitics, Policy, Economics

In the first of a series Scope will unpick some of the big ideas raised in the Centre for Economic Empowerment’s Festival of Economics. 

Weak partnerships failing children in Northern Ireland

19 Aug 2016 Ryan MillerSocial Policy, Equality, Health, Mental Health, Policy, Human Rights

Illustration by Patrick Sanders

Children who find themselves in the most difficult situations are being let down by failures in partnership working – growing evidence suggests local agencies struggle to deal with complex problems

McKay resigns over allegations he coached Bryson regarding Nama

18 Aug 2016 Ryan MillerPolitics, Media, Social Policy, Peace Process, Social Media

Illustration by Patrick Sanders

Sinn Fein MLA Daithí McKay has resigned following an Irish News scoop about Nama evidence concerning Peter Robinson – allegations of corruption within an investigation into corruption. Scope looks at the context.

Have cake, eat cake, still have cake

11 Aug 2016 Ryan MillerPolitics, Social Policy, Media, Policy, Peace Process, Funding, Sector Issues, Social Media

Illustration by Patrick Sanders

The letter from the First (and deputy First) Minister to new PM Theresa May is staggering – NI wants to be part of the EU in all but name, even if “Brexit means Brexit”

Special Report: State of the Sector

10 Aug 2016 Nick GarbuttSector Issues, State of the Sector, Policy

NICVA has just published its State of the Sector report: the most accurate and comprehensive survey of the Community and Voluntary Sector in Northern Ireland.

Poverty: persistence and price

5 Aug 2016 Ryan MillerSocial Policy, Health, Mental Health, Equality, Politics

Illustration by Patrick Sanders

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation released a report this week on the extra costs to the public purse as a consequence of poverty. Understanding some of their methodology helps put the figures in context.

Climate Change: what the future holds for us

5 Aug 2016 Nick GarbuttEnvironment

Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK not to have a Climate Change Act. 

Corbyn, competence and the future of Labour

29 Jul 2016 Ryan MillerPolitics, Media, Social Policy, Social Media

Illustration by Patrick Sanders

The closer you look at Jeremy Corbyn, the more the depth of his failings become apparent. His ability to gather new supporters by tapping into a particular vein of frustration should not be ignored - but leadership requires more.

Older Peoples' Commissioner shocked by PfG omission

29 Jul 2016 Nick GarbuttSector Issues, Policy

Scope meets Eddie Lynch, the new Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland. 

Sugden to face abortion test

28 Jul 2016 Nick GarbuttHuman Rights, Politics, Social Policy

It will not be long before we find out what new Justice Minister Claire Sugden meant when she said she would adopt a “subtle” approach to abortion. 

Key report on health reform completed

27 Jul 2016 Ryan MillerHealth, Mental Health, Media, Politics

The Health Minister and Prof. Bengoa

The international panel of experts brought in to examine how best we can avoid disaster and create a solid Health and Social Care has finished its work. Now it's over to politicans - and the rest of us - the first signs are hopeful.

Do we really need a Secretary of State for Northern Ireland?

22 Jul 2016 Nick GarbuttPolitics

Scope editor Nick Garbutt asks if we really need a Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. 

Citizen’s income and globalisation’s crisis of confidence

22 Jul 2016 Ryan MillerPolitics, Social Policy, Welfare Reform, Equality

Illustration by Patrick Sanders

The global village was meant to bring harmony and prosperity to the human race, is progressing roughly as predicted – and is in a state of peril. One mooted solution is free cash for everyone.

Commons and goings: May, Brokenshire and Northern Ireland

15 Jul 2016 Ryan MillerSocial Policy, Peace Process, Community Relations, Politics

Illustration by Patrick Sanders

The reshuffle in Westminster’s House of Cards is over. Scope looks at what this means for Northern Ireland – including a possible intriguing border carve up.

Brexit: not just a political crisis but a crisis for politics

15 Jul 2016 Nick GarbuttPolitics

The Brexit crisis is rapidly mutating from a grave political crisis into a crisis about politics itself. 


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