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The battle for the BBC in Northern Ireland

13 May 2016 Nick GarbuttMedia, Politics

Coverage of Culture Secretary John Whittingdale’s white paper on the future of the BBC has concentrated on the abolition of the BBC Trust and the publication of the salaries of the highest paid stars. 

Unhealthy future - part two

13 May 2016 Ryan MillerSocial Policy, Health, Politics, Equality

Illustration by Patrick Sanders

Part two of our look at health reform in the context of Stormont parties' policies. Here we examine party manifestos - and find contradictions, shameless vote grabbing, and deceit or stupidity or both.

Unhealthy future - part one

13 May 2016 Ryan MillerHealth, Politics, Equality, Social Policy

Illustration by Patrick Sanders

The need for health reform will become even more pressing throughout the next mandate. Scope has analysed party policy alongside the unanimous view of experts who say how and why HSC should be remodelled. The conclusions are worrying.

Will Stormont embrace open government?

6 May 2016 Ryan MillerFunding, Social Policy, Politics, Sector Issues

Among the various political goings on right now, NI politicians have until the end of June to feed proposals into a UK-wide action plan on open government.

Alliance's marathon manifesto

29 Apr 2016 Nick GarbuttPolitics

At more than 37,000 words and 88 pages the Alliance Manifesto is by far the longest to be published to date. 

Sinn Fein Assembly manifesto for 2016

29 Apr 2016 Ryan MillerSocial Policy, Health, Education, Mental Health, Environment, Community Relations, Peace Process, Welfare Reform, Equality, Politics

We continue to look at the main party's manifestos ahead of the Assembly elections - and find that Sinn Fein's document is unsurprising.

UUP manifesto - education "the priority"

22 Apr 2016 Ryan MillerSocial Policy, Politics, Health, Education, Equality, Mental Health, Community Relations

Illustration by Patrick Sanders

The latest major party manifesto to be released ahead of the Assembly elections comes from the UUP. Scope takes a look.

The importance and ethics of fund raising

22 Apr 2016 Nick GarbuttFunding, Fundraising, Sector Issues, Health

Recent controversies have underlined how important it is to raise funds ethically. Scope asks Jayne Murray, head of the British Heart Foundation in Northern Ireland how it should be done. 

SDLP embraces integrated education

15 Apr 2016 Nick GarbuttPolitics

Scope picks through the SDLP manifesto which contains a few surprises 

How to solve the homeless crisis

15 Apr 2016 Nick GarbuttSocial Policy

Kerry Anthony, chief executive of Depaul analyses the homeless crisis and poses a solution 

Analysis of DUP Manifesto

8 Apr 2016 Nick GarbuttPolitics, Sector Issues

There’s rarely any policy debate during Elections in Northern Ireland. Scope dissects the party manifestos, to see what else they stand for, starting with the DUP.

Brexit and Northern Ireland

8 Apr 2016 Nick GarbuttPolitics, Sector Issues

The European referendum campaign has got off to an entertaining start, but rarely has any debate shed such little light on the real issues. 

Welfare sanctions in NI: the facts

1 Apr 2016 Nick GarbuttWelfare Reform

Adam Tinson, senior research analyst at the New Policy Institute analyses the growing gap between benefits sanctions in Northern Ireland and GB. 

The Future of Doing Good

1 Apr 2016 Nick GarbuttSector Issues, Funding

The Big Lottery Fund has just published a report on the future of charities 

English now comes easier to those in need

25 Mar 2016 Ryan MillerSocial Policy, Equality, Community Relations

Illustration by Patrick Sanders

Bizarre variations in English lessons for asylum seekers, refugees and other vulnerable immigrants have recently been ironed out by DEL. Scope hears why this is good for all of us.

Democracy and NI: the state we live in

22 Mar 2016 Ryan MillerPolitics, Social Policy, Equality, Social Media, Media, Education, Community Relations, Peace Process

A graphical representation of the deliberative system

What is the state of democracy in Northern Ireland? Many would give a one-word answer. But to improve the world around us we need engagement, and to embrace of nuance, complexity and the views of others. No-one said it was easy.

Is the third sector losing its way?

18 Mar 2016 Ryan MillerSector Issues, Funding, Community Relations

Illustration by Patrick Sanders

Difficult questions were put to those in community and voluntary organisations at an Imagine! Belfast event this week. When does valid criticism end and self-flaggelation begin? Scope has a look.

The changing face of local poverty

16 Mar 2016 Ryan MillerSocial Policy, Welfare Reform, Equality, Politics

Illustration by Patrick Sanders

The whys and wherefores of being poor in Northern Ireland are changing and could become more difficult to address, according to a new Joseph Rowntree Foundation report.

If New Zealand can ban zero hour contracts why can't we?

11 Mar 2016 Nick GarbuttPolitics, Economy

This week New Zealand became the first country in the western world to ban zero hour contracts. Scope examines the issues. 

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