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"Say No to Austerity Europe"

15 Jun 2016 Nick GarbuttPolitics, Sector Issues

There is more to the Euro debate than a row between nationalist Conservatives and neoliberals. Scope has commissioned pieces outlining very different arguments, for leaving and staying. 

Brexit and the border

10 Jun 2016 Ryan MillerSocial Policy, Politics, Community Relations, Peace Process

Illustration by Patrick Sanders

Debate around the EU referendum has long since fallen down the rabbit hole. Scope takes a look at the issue of the Irish border and comes to a calm if uncertain conclusion.

Are our new ministers fit for purpose?

10 Jun 2016 Nick GarbuttPolitics

The second part of our series on the challenges ahead for our new Ministers. 

Executive motion - what our ministers have in store

3 Jun 2016 Ryan MillerPolitics, Health, Social Policy, Equality, Peace Process

The first half of a broad look of the challenges faced by the ministers in each of Stormont's new departments.

E petitions: bringing politics to the people

3 Jun 2016 Nick GarbuttPolitics, Sector Issues

Scope talks to Mairaid McMahon who has single-handedly paved the way for people in Northern Ireland to have a greater say in government. 

Promoting good race relations in NI

26 May 2016 Ryan MillerEquality, Social Policy, Community Relations, Education, Politics

Illustration by Patrick Sanders

The best recipe for good relations between minorities and everyone else is people from different backgrounds meeting on an equal footing and getting to know each other better as individuals, according to the South Belfast Roundtable

Europe: NICVA says remain

26 May 2016 Nick GarbuttPolitics, Sector Issues

Scope asks NICVA Chief Executive Seamus McAleavey why his organisation has taken the unprecedented step of campaigning in the upcoming European referendum. 

Outcomes and the Programme for Government

20 May 2016 Ryan MillerHealth, Social Policy, Funding, Politics, Education, Equality, Sector Issues

NCB has been hosting introductions to OBA

The new PfG - currently under construction, intertwined with sticky negotiations over the Executive - will be "outcomes-based". What does this mean? Surely this can't be new? Scope looks at a new model for all sectors.

Europe and the English problem

20 May 2016 Nick GarbuttPolitics, culture

Many in Northern Ireland and in Scotland and Wales would be forgiven for feeling locked out of the referendum debate. 

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 


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