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Westminster turns to people power to help tackle climate change
The UK’s planned new Citizen’s Assembly – specifically set up to look at climate change – could be good news for democracy and the planet, and also provide a positive legacy for an otherwise dire term of parliament.
The future face of democracy? NI's Citizen's Assembly
Earlier this week an important experiment in the exercise of democracy took place in Northern Ireland.
Northern Ireland government: time to fix the system
The crisis in Northern Ireland has spread from frustration at the political impasse to disillusionment and anger at the entire system of government.
Give Stormont more powers to fix economy, says think tank
A landmark report into the economy by an influential think tank argues that more devolution is a key element in boosting prosperity.
Is democracy working for Northern Ireland? Not really ....
The publication of a ground-breaking report into the state of democracy in Northern Ireland this week could not have been better timed.
Stormont: why quieter voices need to be heard
It is time that quieter voices were heard in the current political debate.
It's not just politics but government itself that's not working
The prime purpose of government is to devise and implement public policy.
Debate of the week: citizen’s budget
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.
The draft Programme for Government and education
Scope takes a look at the draft PfG, currently out for consultation, and the educational aspects of its strategic aims and associated indicators.
Debate of the week: meet the new plan, same as the old plan
The new Health Minister brought her 10-year plan for health reform to the floor on Tuesday.
Health reform, part two – stubborn opposition
Scope looks at media shortcomings and the spectre of a populist threat to health reform that just won’t go away.
Health reform, part one – here we don’t go again?
The Bengoa report has been been published and the Health Minister has released parallel plans for reform. We’ve been here before.
Debate of the Week – Housing Associations: Reclassification
This week’s look at Stormont’s plenary sessions focuses on the ONS’s reclassification of local Housing Associations to public bodies.
Integral to the future - integrated education, a choice for everyone
In the first of our big series on education in Northern Ireland, Scope talks to the Integrated Education Fund about their vision for schools.