Social Policy

Spooky action at an unknown distance - GCHQ and Amnesty International

27 Jul 2015Ryan Miller Politics, Social Policy

The security services exist to protect us as citizens and allow us to live in freedom. Scope speaks with spying victims Amnesty International about whether spying on human rights organisations can fulfil that purpose.

A complex solution to a simple problem

24 Jul 2015Nick Garbutt Mental Health, Social Policy

Analysis: Colin Harper of the Belfast Law Centre on the Mental Capacity Bill 

Same sex marriage battle goes to court

24 Jun 2015Nick Garbutt 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. 

A healthy approach to asylum that will help us all

16 Jun 2015Ryan Miller 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.

Shaking up social policy

15 Jun 2015Ryan Miller Social Policy

Scope provides an update on the recent series of articles on abortion in Northern Ireland, an area of policy that is under extreme scrutiny currently, with developments coming at pace.

Will the courts force through abortion reform?

28 Apr 2015Nick Garbutt Social Policy

In the latest in our series on abortion Scope examines the impending court case which could force the Assembly's hand on reform. 

Abortion: the lives of others

28 Apr 2015Ryan Miller Social Policy

David Smyth of the Evangelical Alliance, writing exclusively for Scope, challenges those currently calling for changes to Northern Ireland's abortion law

Modern slavery - antiquity down your street

27 Apr 2015Ryan Miller Social Policy, Equality

For most people the word slavery will evoke the distant and disconnected past. But for some people it is a reality in the here and now.

Opinion: abortion - our laws are in urgent need of reform

20 Apr 2015Guest Author Social Policy

Grainne Teggart, Northern Ireland campaigner for Amnesty Interntional and head of its My Body My Rights campaign, writes for Scope to say that local abortion laws lack decency in the way they treat women in distress.

The Wrong Mrs Vo - do the unborn have rights?

17 Apr 2015Nick Garbutt Equality, Social Policy

Scope examines the landmark European case which ruled that the unborn do not have a right to life