June 2015

Infirm foundations – underachievement must be addressed

09 July[email protected]Education, Equality

Last week the PUP released a report on education, focused on underachievement by working-class protestants. Scope takes a look at the points made by the paper – and identifies a further conclusion of its own.

NI health trusts ‘able to sideline abuse cases at will’

03 July[email protected]Health

Scope looks at claims that the joint protocols between health and justice officials over the management of potentially criminal abuse encourage cover ups in local trusts.

Why planners say it is okay to enclose open spaces

01 July[email protected]Environment

The recent Glasmullin dispute has raised questions about Northern Ireland’s planning laws, Scope dissects the issues. 

Same sex marriage battle goes to court

24 June[email protected]Social Policy

The first gay couple to celebrate a civil partnership in Northern Ireland are seeking a judicial review challenging the ban on gay couples getting married here. 

The other flag dispute ...

24 June[email protected]Peace Process

When flag protests were at their height, many observers both here and across the globe, shook their heads and despaired of Northern Ireland. 

Human Rights Commission report: Transforming Your Care

17 June[email protected]Health

The recent HRC inquiry into Emergency Health Care has reinforced that Transforming Your Care has stalled. Scope looks at some of the reasons why.

Closing down our open spaces

17 June[email protected]Environment

The decision by Belfast City Council to grant planning permission for a sports ground on open land in West Belfast creates an uneasy precedent and is out of step with planning policy elsewhere, Scope reports. 

The shocking truth about Transforming Your Care

17 June[email protected]Health

Scope examines further evidence that the government's flagship Transforming Your Care programme is not just stalled but going backwards. 

A healthy approach to asylum that will help us all

16 June[email protected]Health, Equality, Social Policy

There won’t be huge political fanfare, but a recent DHSSPS decision to increase access to free healthcare amongst vulnerable groups will save money and improve everyone’s health. Scope looks at why.

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