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Money Mili-bank: who will pay for a skills revolution?

26 Jan 2015 Ryan MillerNo Topics

Labour leader Ed Miliband speaking at the Heenan-Anderson Commission

If Ed Miliband becomes PM he wants to overhaul our skills base to drive future prosperity - but training budgets are being slashed, so how will this be possible? Scope examines the issue.

No taxation without representation: Labour should stand

26 Jan 2015 Nick GarbuttNo Topics

No taxation without representation

Scope editor Nick Garbutt on why Labour should stand in Northern Ireland.

Ivan Lewis on the Stormont House Agreement

22 Jan 2015 Nick GarbuttNo Topics

Is the Stormont House Agreement a Tory austerity project or a breakthrough for Northern Ireland? Scope asks Shadow Secretary of State Ivan Lewis.

Off The Record - should minor youth offences be a life sentence?

21 Jan 2015 Ryan MillerNo Topics

Bob Ashford and Simon Weston at the Off The Record launch with NIACRO CEO Olwen Lyner

NIACRO is campaigning for a change in law to allow minor offences committed as a youth to be removed from people's records in order to help them find work. Scope examines the proposal.

The scandal of sending fine defaulters to jail

19 Jan 2015 Nick GarbuttNo Topics

fine defaulters

At a time when public services are on their knees and when mass redundancies are planned for public sector workers, how can the Department of Justice justify spending around £24 million a year jailing people for failing to pay fines?

Why we should train politicians

16 Jan 2015 Nick GarbuttNo Topics

Is it a scandal that Atlantic Philanthropies are paying for the training of our MLAs? Scope examines the issue.  

What does the Stormont House Agreement say for the sector?

8 Jan 2015 Elizabeth HendronNo Topics

Public services

The Stormont House Agreement – what does it mean for the community and voluntary sector?

Defensive Planning - how the military shaped Belfast

5 Jan 2015 Nick GarbuttNo Topics

Exclusive: Scope has unearthed new evidence about secret security force oversight over planning decisions during the Troubles and the lasting division this has caused.

Analysis: healthcare's potentially fatal paradox

5 Jan 2015 Ryan MillerNo Topics

Local health and social care reform is based on moving provision closer to home - but are cuts to both emergency and domiciliary care causing a spiralling crisis?

Charity Commission verdict on sector

5 Jan 2015 Nick GarbuttSector Issues

Charity Commission Chief Executive Frances McCandless talks to Scope about CEO pay, governance and registration.

Oral histories and dealing with the past

5 Jan 2015 Ryan MillerNo Topics

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

3 Jan 2015 Ryan MillerNo Topics

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?

18 Dec 2014 Peace Process, Community Relations

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?

16 Dec 2014 Nick GarbuttPeace Process, Community Relations

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

12 Dec 2014 Nick GarbuttPeace Process, Community Relations

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

8 Dec 2014 Nick GarbuttMedia

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?

4 Dec 2014 Ryan MillerBudget

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?

27 Nov 2014 Nick GarbuttPublic Sector Reform, Public Service Delivery, Open Data

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

25 Nov 2014 Nick GarbuttFunding, Sector Issues

Joanne McDowell, NI director of the Big Lottery Fund

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

24 Nov 2014 Ryan MillerNo Topics

An Artists' Union march in the USA in the 1930s

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.

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