Northern Irish political progress has three gears - slow, stop and reverse - but even though it was killed by a Petition of Concern, the latest marriage equality vote in Stormont shows the public can still force change.
Scope speaks with Irish singer Frances Black about her work as an addiction counsellor and the founder of RISE, a support group for the loved ones of those with addiction, which follow on from her own battles with alcohol.
If people lose faith in what society offers then violence can rear its head. Scope looks at recent efforts from the Equality Coalition into whether there is a risk of a Troubles relapse as the public purse tightens and our economy splutters.
As the Arts Council finds itself hit by more cuts - most of which will have to be passed on to funded organisations - Scope speaks with chair Bob Collins, who says seeing the sector as a soft target misses the point and will lead to trouble.
The importance of Welfare Reform in Northern Ireland has shrunk, grown or both - depending on your views - thanks to the Chancellor's July budget. Over 100,000 homes have projected income reductions of over £1,600. Scope takes a look.
Provisions for dealing with the past within the Stormont House Agreement have come in for much public criticism. Scope looks at whether confusion on the issues is related to a lack of honest dialogue with the public.
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