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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.
Should charities be forced to pay rates?
Finance Minister Arlene Foster has just opened a consultation on the rating system that could have significant implications for charities here.
How to get funded by the Big Lottery
There will be winners and losers in the sector when the Big Lottery’s new strategy People in the Lead is rolled out, Scope reports.
Social Innovation: the answer to the Sector's prayers?
With the funding crisis deepening by the day Scope examines a new approach which may help to transform communities and create social change.
Second class citizens: how we pay the price for political stalemate
Northern Ireland’s Executive is so dysfunctional that it is breaching peoples’ human rights, the United Nations was told this week.
Lifeline: on the line
Scope takes a look at claims by the charity that operates Lifeline that new proposals for the 24/7 crisis phoneline it operates could undermine the service and place vulnerable lives at risk.
Arts cuts come with a health warning
As the Arts Council finds itself hit by more cuts - most of which will have to be passed on to funded organisations - Scope speaks with chair Bob Collins, who says seeing the sector as a soft target misses the point and will lead to trouble.
Older people: "undervalued, unappreciated, patronised"
Claire Keatinge has plenty to say as she reflects on her four years in office as Commissioner for Older People in Northern Ireland.
The sticking plaster Bill that discriminates against young people
The Mental Capacity Bill discriminates against children and represents a missed opportunity to protect the most vulnerable, argues Eamonn McNally from the Children’s Law Centre
Tax Credits Crunch - unpicking the July budget's effect on NI
The importance of Welfare Reform in Northern Ireland has shrunk, grown or both - depending on your views - thanks to the Chancellor's July budget. Over 100,000 homes have projected income reductions of over £1,600. Scope takes a look.
Uncertainty and the Stormont House Agreement
Provisions for dealing with the past within the Stormont House Agreement have come in for much public criticism. Scope looks at whether confusion on the issues is related to a lack of honest dialogue with the public.
Health reform quietly gathers pace
Behind the headlines progress is being made in implementing the flagship Transforming Your Care programme, Scope reports.
Why Bryson should be heard in public
Scope editor Nick Garbutt argues that the decision to hold part of the Finance Committee's Nama investigation in private is a subversion of democracy.
If Stormont falls we'll all be the worst for it
The current political crisis is having unexpected consequences, Scope reports.