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Jobs, jobs, jobs: a hard winter beckons
One of the biggest problems in dealing with the economic aspects of the pandemic is that the statistics we need to shape responses are not available in time to make the right decisions.
The economy, the doughnut, and the myth of eternal growth
One of government’s most pressing concerns is to get life back to normal. Critical to that is returning the economy to growth.
The economy: the long, hard road ahead
It will take Northern Ireland’s economy between four and five years to recover from the Covid-19 economic crash, according to an Ulster University report released this week.
Covid-19 and our young people: Don’t. Look. Down.
The pandemic has highlighted many economic weaknesses. A terrible downturn is inevitable, and young people will be worst affected. Throw in other factors, like climate change, and new thinking seems necessary.
Childcare is infrastructure - investment is essential
The Executive has plenty on its plate but now is the time to look at childcare in Northern Ireland.
After Covid-19 let’s not return to business-as-usual
Joe Bilsborough, researcher at the Centre for Local Economic Strategies, argues for a better approach to re-building NI’s economy when the crisis abates.
Coronavirus: cross-party discussions are taking place at Westminster on UBI
The Covid-19 pandemic is forcing us to examine the mechanisms of our society and economy. Options that were previously just theoretical are now on the table. The impacts could be enormous.
Northern Ireland: more Tallinn than Finchley
We are often told that the UK is a powerful western economy. But that is profoundly misleading.
Reductive politics is on collision course with reality
It wasn’t just election week, it was Brexit election week. Or was it? And what about the Stormont talks? Voters are more subtle than politicians and we stand at a policy crossroads. Without fixes there could be enormous public anger.
Employment highs are obscuring a great malaise
The latest job market updates look great. Take a peek behind the figures, however, and the story is different.
How is NI performing? (part three)
Our third and final article looking at how our public sector is doing, by its own measure.
How is NI performing? (Part two)
The second in our trio of articles taking an accessible look at how our public sector is doing, by its own measure.
How is Northern Ireland performing? (part one)
The Executive Office recently published its year-end report looking at progress against outcomes in the draft Programme for Government. Scope takes a look at the bottom line.