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Why planners say it is okay to enclose open spaces
The recent Glasmullin dispute has raised questions about Northern Ireland’s planning laws, Scope dissects the issues.
Same sex marriage battle goes to court
The first gay couple to celebrate a civil partnership in Northern Ireland are seeking a judicial review challenging the ban on gay couples getting married here.
The other flag dispute ...
When flag protests were at their height, many observers both here and across the globe, shook their heads and despaired of Northern Ireland.
Human Rights Commission report: Transforming Your Care
The recent HRC inquiry into Emergency Health Care has reinforced that Transforming Your Care has stalled. Scope looks at some of the reasons why.
Closing down our open spaces
The decision by Belfast City Council to grant planning permission for a sports ground on open land in West Belfast creates an uneasy precedent and is out of step with planning policy elsewhere, Scope reports.
The shocking truth about Transforming Your Care
Scope examines further evidence that the government's flagship Transforming Your Care programme is not just stalled but going backwards.
A healthy approach to asylum that will help us all
There won’t be huge political fanfare, but a recent DHSSPS decision to increase access to free healthcare amongst vulnerable groups will save money and improve everyone’s health. Scope looks at why.
Shaking up social policy
Scope provides an update on the recent series of articles on abortion in Northern Ireland, an area of policy that is under extreme scrutiny currently, with developments coming at pace.
Marginalised, excluded, demonised?
Scope examines a ground-breaking research project which aims to address the negative stereo-typing of young people by the media.
Sexism, racism and periscopes: Upper Bann on twitter
Upper Bann is just getting back to normal again after an election campaign that ended in acrimony with allegations of racist abuse.
Welfare Reform is correct in principle
There is a difference between theory and practice - despite some problems, Welfare Reform is a social good. Ian James Parsley writes exclusively for Scope.
Twitter: the MLAs of South Antrim
South Antrim - the Jewel of the Six Mile – joins Scope’s list of constituencies to receive a sober and sombre social media probe.
Transforming Your Minister - change at the top could revitalise DHSSPS
New Health Minister Simon Hamilton is making some good noises about reform – but changes need to be rapid and neither the financial capability or political will are guaranteed.
Pulling a stroke?
Scope analyses the controversy surrounding the Stroke Association’s shocking claims about stroke rates amongst people of working age and asks if great advocacy can become bad science.