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Time to waken the sleeping giant
Scope editor Nick Garbutt argues that the forthcoming elections provide the sector with the opportunity to fulfil its potential to influence political change.
NICVA publishes manifesto ahead of elections
Election seasons is upon us and Scope will have a heavy focus on policy. This week NICVA published its own paper. We highlight their ideas.
February health summit must bring results
Next week Prof. Rafael Bengoa and his panel will meet with our major parties. Agreeing principles for health reform is vital - time is short.
Does privatisation of the prison system work?
With Northern Ireland getting its first taste of private sector involvement in the prison service, Scope looks at the impacts of wholescale privatisation of the justice system in England and Wales.
The biggest blockage to health reform?
If you ever needed proof of the dysfunctionality of Northern Ireland’s health service it was delivered from an unexpected source this week, argues Scope editor Nick Garbutt.
Scope takes a summary view of this week's paper on how to spend the £585m set aside for mitigation of Welfare Reform.
A peek in the red room – NI’s human rights worries for 2016
Scope looks at the issues the NI Human Rights Commission has put on red alert for Northern Ireland in 2016.
Trans woman makes history as she stands for Assembly
Scope meets Ellen Murray, the first transgender person to stand for election in Northern Ireland.
The former Basque Minister charged with sorting out our health service
Health Minister Simon Hamilton has just announced the composition of the expert panel charged with recommending how the health care system here should be transformed.
Snow wants human rights for Christmas (and forever more)
Broadcaster Jon Snow came to Belfast this week for the launch of the NIHRC Annual Report - and took the opportunity to throw his full support behind human rights and their place at the centre of society.
Representative groups say Northern Ireland is not an impossible place for transgender people - but it is very difficult. Here are legislative requests from a leading support group, launched at Stormont this week.
Innovation or bust - Northern Ireland needs to move with the times
Funding is tight. Without innovation, services in Northern Ireland will stagnate - and if you are not improving you are declining. Scope looks at former Downing Street Policy Director Geoff Mulgan's address on innovation in Belfast this week.
Why apathy remains an enemy: democracy still functions, if only just
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.
What each of the new government departments will do
The Fresh Start agreement outlines how the new government departments will be structured in Northern Ireland. For the benefit of our readers here is that section in full …