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It's not just politics but government itself that's not working

10 Jan 2017 Nick GarbuttPolitics, Policy

The prime purpose of government is to devise and implement public policy. 

Snap election analysis – part two

10 Jan 2017 Ryan MillerPolitics

We are now officially in election season. What should we expect from the new polls, considering the Assembly’s reduction from 108 to 90 MLAs?

Arlene and the media

6 Jan 2017 Nick GarbuttMedia, Politics

I was once told by someone who had suffered at the hands of the press that journalists are like beagles.

Reduce and reform – how a snap election could affect the Assembly

5 Jan 2017 Ryan MillerPolitics

Will the new year bring a new Stormont? An election appears a distinct possibility, but ash for cash is not the only consideration - the reduction in MLAs is equally intriguing.

God, Nolan ... and wood pellets

16 Dec 2016 Nick GarbuttPolitics, Environment

There are many reasons why people choose to be interviewed by Nolan: an instruction from God will be a new one to most of us. 

Northern Ireland in 2017

16 Dec 2016 Ryan MillerPolitics, Social Policy, Health, Peace Process

Scope takes a look at some of the things we should expect for local politics and society in the coming 12 months.

Northern Ireland in 2017

16 Dec 2016 Ryan MillerPolitics, Social Policy, Health, Peace Process

Scope takes a look at some of the things we should expect for local politics and society in the coming 12 months.

Debate of the Week: Social Strategy

9 Dec 2016 Ryan MillerSocial Policy, Politics, Social Issues, Equality

In the last Stormont focus before Christmas recess, we look at what the Communities Minister is and isn’t saying about his plans for a social strategy.

Cheers! The truth about problem drinking

9 Dec 2016 Nick GarbuttHealth, Social Issues

News outlets are as predictable as the seasons. For them Christmas is not a period for contemplation of the divine but for reflections on a very different spirit: booze. 

The political future of advanced nations is more uncertain than ever

8 Dec 2016 Ryan MillerEquality, Social Policy, Politics

2016 has been a remarkable year for politics but don’t draw a line under anything as we approach the new year – now, as much as ever, it is destination unknown.

The dementia paradox – a problem we are tackling but which is a growing concern

2 Dec 2016 Ryan MillerHealth, Mental Health

Rates of dementia are decreasing amongst older people but broadly better health in other areas means it is becoming more prominent as a cause of death.

Health Service: the crisis deepens

2 Dec 2016 Nick GarbuttHealth, Politics

A series of news stories this week illustrate both the depths of the crisis engulfing the health service and the immense task faced by reformers. 

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

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