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Oral histories and dealing with the past
Dealing with the past is our toughest local issue. The Stormont House Agreement included a commitment to using oral histories to conserve and promote the experiences of local people - here UU's Dr Adrian Grant explores their potential.
Corporation Tax: change nothing and nothing changes
In our second article on corporation tax - this time analysing the case for lowering rates - Scope asks whether its advocates are keeping a sane head in difficult times
Who Plans Belfast?
Our revelations about the 1971 secret report into peacelines finally vindicates Scope, which was derided by the NIO when we published Derek Alcorn’s piece in 1982. The orginal article is reproduced below.
The Interface: will the walls ever come down?
The war may be over but the battle scarred front line is still there. Scope asks what the future holds for interface communities.
The secret government report that helped make peace walls permanent
Scope has had access to a secret 1971 government document that helped set segregation in stone and made Belfast’s peace walls permanent.
Inside the Nolan Show
The “Biggest Show in the Country” is broadcast from a tiny studio at the end of a corridor which dog legs deep into the disorientating innards of Broadcasting House. It’s not easy to find.
Fantastic Mr Tax – is devolution of corporation rates wily economics or a fairytale?
Chancellor George Osborne has paved the way for devolved corporation tax in Stormont. In the coming weeks Scope will examine the pros and cons of lowering the rate - here we look at some of the arguments against a reduction.
Open Government: is necessity the mother of invention?
Paul Braithwaite, Development and Implementation Officer, Building Change Trust, looks at whether an Open Government could be the step change that Northern Ireland needs.
Where the Big Lottery millions will go
Early next year the Big Lottery Fund will unveil its spending priorities for the next six years with more than £100 million at stake, Scope caught up with Northern Ireland director Joanne McDowell to read the runes.
Life in the garret - art work in NI
Young at Art's Claire Kelly talks to Scope about poor pay and conditions in the arts sector, and how she thinks collective bargaining can help.
Analysis: religion, equality and the clash of rights
The “gay cake” controversy has degenerated into a row between those who support gay marriage and those who do not. Scope probes further into a clash of human rights.
Stumbling backwards into the future
Quintin Oliver ran the Yes campaign in the referendum that followed the Good Friday Agreement. Here he analyses what has been achieved to date and the challenges that remain
Meet the new boss: Andrew McCracken from CFNI
Scope talks with Andrew McCracken, recently appointed chief executive at funding organisers CFNI, about the importance of empowerment and economic trouble on the horizon.
Why is integrated education getting nowhere?
The founders of Northern Ireland realised that having segregated education would make division worse. They wanted kids to be taught together. Almost 100 years later this prospect looks as distant as ever. Scope asks why.