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The changing face of local poverty
The whys and wherefores of being poor in Northern Ireland are changing and could become more difficult to address, according to a new Joseph Rowntree Foundation report.
Political policing - a new map for murky terrain
This week the Committee for the Administration of Justice launched a paper designed to inform people about the whys and wherefores of public order policing - useful for a factual approach to oversight of the PSNI. Scope takes a look.
NI transport is at a crucial time – and has an opportunity
The recent consultation document on Accessible Transport appears to have forgotten about community providers – but are things that simple? Scope takes a look.
A more inclusive and mature public discourse – Imagine!
The Imagine! Festival of Ideas and Politics returns to Belfast next month for its second year. Scope speaks to organiser Peter O’Neill about the gap it fills in public debate.
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.
New enforced labour measures could make things worse
Our structures for tackling labour exploitation are a mess, but moves by the Home Office and DBIS might not help. Scope takes a look.
What now for welfare?
Social security does not occur in a vacuum and, while Tory changes might look absurd by their own criteria, there are huge global socioeconomic trends that effect what is possible and these have no easy solutions.
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.
Equality, austerity and peace in 2016
Scope looks at the Equality Coalition's recent report into a shrinking public purse, stagnant economy and the risk of violence - and concludes a relapse is currently unlikely but 2016 will be a big year for NI generally.
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.
Will the abortion ruling make any difference?
The High Court has ruled that Northern Ireland abortion law is in breach of Human Rights law. Scope asks if this will make any difference.
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.
The end for LGBT? Why trans issues should be separate
Transgender support and rights charity Focus, the Identity Trust, speaks with Scope about why treating the issues it deals with alongside lesbian, gay and bisexual matters is wrong.
Equality, austerity and the threat of violence
If people lose faith in what society offers then violence can rear its head. Scope looks at recent efforts from the Equality Coalition into whether there is a risk of a Troubles relapse as the public purse tightens and our economy splutters.