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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.
Winners and losers at Maghaberry prison
The family visitor centre at Maghaberry prison, which, for so long was operated by the Quakers, is now being run by a private company.Here we provide a brief history of the work of both organisations without comment.
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.
Just how independent are charities in Northern Ireland?
Scope unpicks the issues at the heart of a divisive debate as serious questions are raised about the sector’s independence
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.
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.
Harsh lessons charities must learn from in 2016
Scope editor Nick Garbutt argues that 2015 was a year to forget for the Third Sector and it is time to learn lessons
Let's get serious about the peace walls
Scope editor Nick Garbutt argues that it is time for investment in interface communities.
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.