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Winners and losers at Maghaberry prison

5 Feb 2016 Nick GarbuttSector Issues

The family visitor centre at Maghaberry prison, which, for so long was operated by the Quakers, is now being run by a private company.Here we provide a brief history of the work of both organisations without comment.  

New enforced labour measures could make things worse

5 Feb 2016 Ryan MillerSocial Policy, Equality, Health

Illustration by Patrick Sanders

Our structures for tackling labour exploitation are a mess, but moves by the Home Office and DBIS might not help. Scope takes a look.

What now for welfare?

29 Jan 2016 Ryan MillerSocial Policy, Welfare Reform, Equality

Social security does not occur in a vacuum and, while Tory changes might look absurd by their own criteria, there are huge global socioeconomic trends that effect what is possible and these have no easy solutions.

Just how independent are charities in Northern Ireland?

29 Jan 2016 Nick GarbuttSector Issues

Scope unpicks the issues at the heart of a divisive debate as serious questions are raised about the sector’s independence

The biggest blockage to health reform?

22 Jan 2016 Nick GarbuttHealth, Politics

If you ever needed proof of the dysfunctionality of Northern Ireland’s health service it was delivered from an unexpected source this week, argues Scope editor Nick Garbutt. 

Welfare Reformed

21 Jan 2016 Ryan MillerSocial Policy, Mental Health, Health, Politics, Welfare Reform

Eileen Evason (centre) with members of her team that produced the WR mitigation report as well as the First and deputy First Minister

Scope takes a summary view of this week's paper on how to spend the £585m set aside for mitigation of Welfare Reform.

A peek in the red room – NI’s human rights worries for 2016

15 Jan 2016 Ryan MillerEquality, Peace Process, Social Policy, Politics

NI Human Rights Commissioner Les Allamby at the launch of the report at Stormont last month

Scope looks at the issues the NI Human Rights Commission has put on red alert for Northern Ireland in 2016.

Trans woman makes history as she stands for Assembly

13 Jan 2016 Nick GarbuttPolitics, Social Policy

Scope meets Ellen Murray, the first transgender person to stand for election in Northern Ireland. 

The former Basque Minister charged with sorting out our health service

8 Jan 2016 Nick GarbuttHealth, Politics

Health Minister Simon Hamilton has just announced the composition of the expert panel charged with recommending how the health care system here should be transformed. 

Equality, austerity and peace in 2016

7 Jan 2016 Ryan MillerSocial Policy, Community Relations, Peace Process, Equality, Welfare Reform

Panel members at the October conference which led to the report

Scope looks at the Equality Coalition's recent report into a shrinking public purse, stagnant economy and the risk of violence - and concludes a relapse is currently unlikely but 2016 will be a big year for NI generally.

Harsh lessons charities must learn from in 2016

7 Jan 2016 Nick GarbuttSector Issues, Funding

Scope editor Nick Garbutt argues that 2015 was a year to forget for the Third Sector and it is time to learn lessons 

Let's get serious about the peace walls

18 Dec 2015 Nick GarbuttCommunity Relations, Peace Process

Scope editor Nick Garbutt argues that it is time for investment in interface communities. 

Snow wants human rights for Christmas (and forever more)

16 Dec 2015 Ryan MillerPolitics, Social Policy, Equality

Jon Snow speaking this week at Stormont

Broadcaster Jon Snow came to Belfast this week for the launch of the NIHRC Annual Report - and took the opportunity to throw his full support behind human rights and their place at the centre of society.

Transforming legislation

11 Dec 2015 Ryan MillerHealth, Social Policy, Mental Health, Politics

Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan at this week's event

Representative groups say Northern Ireland is not an impossible place for transgender people - but it is very difficult. Here are legislative requests from a leading support group, launched at Stormont this week.

Innovation or bust - Northern Ireland needs to move with the times

11 Dec 2015 Ryan MillerPolitics, Sector Issues, Social Policy

Funding is tight. Without innovation, services in Northern Ireland will stagnate - and if you are not improving you are declining. Scope looks at former Downing Street Policy Director Geoff Mulgan's address on innovation in Belfast this week.

Will the abortion ruling make any difference?

4 Dec 2015 Nick GarbuttHuman Rights, Equality

The High Court has ruled that Northern Ireland abortion law is in breach of Human Rights law. Scope asks if this will make any difference.  

Zero suicides is a realistic target

4 Dec 2015 Ryan MillerHealth, Mental Health

Fergus Cumiskey, MD of Contact NI, speaks to Scope about how a change in attitude could make huge improvements in Northern Ireland's high rate of those at risk of dying by suicide.

Commission publishes NI charities' annual accounts online

30 Nov 2015 Nick GarbuttSector Issues

 The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland has upgraded its online register so it can now display each charity’s annual accounts.

Social innovation in action Part Two: Fab Labs

27 Nov 2015 Nick GarbuttFunding

Social innovation takes many forms. One of the most revolutionary is the Fab Lab movement which sets out to transform not just communities, but the entire manufacturing industry.

Care crash - change course or face disaster

27 Nov 2015 Ryan MillerHealth, Social Policy, Funding, Sector Issues

Care provision could soon collapse. Scope highlights some of the problems facing an independent sector that is facing rising demand and shrinking funds.

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