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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 …
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.
Northern Ireland's mental health crisis: is the worst yet to come?
Northern Ireland has the highest incidence of mental ill health in the UK and yet spends less on its prevention and treatment than anywhere else.
Hamilton's health reform: Mission Impossible?
Health Minister Simon Hamilton is throwing himself into reform of the health service: but is this mission impossible?
Shameful, scandalous, time for an independent inquiry
Scope editor Nick Garbutt on Northern Ireland's "Dickensian" prison.
Frances Black: addiction is toxic, it wants to destroy everything it can
Scope speaks with Irish singer Frances Black about her work as an addiction counsellor and the founder of RISE, a support group for the loved ones of those with addiction, which follow on from her own battles with alcohol.
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.