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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 GarbuttNo Topics

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.

Health reform, part one – here we don’t go again?

27 Oct 2016 Ryan MillerHealth, Policy, Politics, Media

The Bengoa report has been been published and the Health Minister has released parallel plans for reform. We’ve been here before.

Weir gears up for battle over rural schools

21 Oct 2016 Nick GarbuttEducation, Politics

When Education Minister Peter Weir launched the latest consultation on the future of schools he was setting himself for a severe examination which will test him to the limit. 

Winter warner: increasing pressure on local health services

20 Oct 2016 Ryan MillerHealth, Policy, Sector Issues

Illustration by Patrick Sanders

Last December the Royal College of Nursing said the independent sector is struggling with staffing levels. Scope looks concerns for care of older people as we head into winter.

Debate of the Week: sustainable schools and area planning

20 Oct 2016 Ryan MillerEducation, Equality, Policy

This week’s look at Stormont plenary sessions focuses on Education Minister Peter Weir’s statement on future plans for the schools estate.


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