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Who should pay for digital services?
The pandemic served to emphasise the full potential of digital connectivity.
The link between loneliness and caring
In Northern Ireland, carers are over four times more likely to be chronically lonely than people in general. Loneliness can be devastating - carers need more support.
The shocking treatment of people with sight loss
Just one in four blind and partially sighted people of working age are in employment, according to a new report which explores how that shocking statistic can be rectified.
Childcare needs support, and right now – for everyone’s benefit
For too long, childcare in Northern Ireland has been treated as an afterthought. As inflation hits its highest rate for over four decades, the pressure on both providers and parents is coming to a head.
How climate change will affect our health in Ireland
Later this month hundreds of delegates will gather for the all-Ireland Healthy Planet Healthy People conference.
Bullying is a nightmare for parents – how do they help their kids?
The idea that your child could face bullying is quite terrifying. Surveys show lots of children experience bullying. However, there are ways adults can help.
The Famine in Belfast: time the forgotten story was told
Ireland is a place where the past and the present are entwined. In the north grievance and counter-grievance dominate politics and many of those grievances go back centuries.
Schools are vital, but we can all help increase children’s physical activity
A new report from the Education and Training Inspectorate found that most schools are falling short of targets for PE. That needs to change, along with many other things, to halt the decline in kids’ physical play.
The covert privatisation of the NHS
A two tier health system is emerging in the UK where those with money get preferential treatment.
Politics remains a barrier to health reform
Reforming Northern Ireland’s health system is essential. The need for change is urgent. However, without changing how we discuss this need, we are making something that is already difficult that much tougher.
How to achieve a decent life for all
Here is a simple, straightforward policy ambition that all political parties in Northern Ireland could sign up for tomorrow.
An extra £420m on benefits would be money well spent
An independent panel has recommended that Stormont bolsters social security. This advice is in line with the third sector’s consensus – including recent reports from Save the Children and Parenting NI.
Improving local mental health needs both tangible services and better strategic thinking
Northern Ireland’s mental health services have a lot of catching up to do – but, while the road is long, progress is happening with cooperation between statutory services and the third sector.