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Tech, health and public spaces – NI has its own digital currency
A new public scheme is set to pay people to exercise more and use parks and greenways. Civic Dollars is hoping to take on several issues at once. The scheme might just do some good.
Let the children play
Experts are expressing increasing concern about the impact the pandemic has had on physical activity amongst children and we have more reasons for worry in Northern Ireland than elsewhere.
Education: why the first days of life are the most important of all
If we are to fix educational underachievement in Northern Ireland we are going to have to spend £49.7 million extra every year on children before they even get to school.
Poverty, mental health and an unkind welfare state
A proper debate about the links between mental ill health and poverty and what needs to be done about it is overdue.
Autism services are not fit for purpose
It would be simple to call anything and everything a priority as we look beyond Covid-19 – but the need for better support for autism truly does stand apart.
New report spells out cost of transforming health and care system
Health and social care across the UK needs a massive funding boost if it is to be able to meet future demand according to a four-year inquiry led by 33 experts.
The truth about health inequality
If everyone were able to live healthier lives for longer, everyone would benefit.
What we don't know about going digital
Third and public sector bodies are rightly proud of how they responded to the pandemic, switching so many services from face-to-face to digital.
Tax the rich – even just a bit more
Modern economics is hampered by politics. This has huge ramifications for Covid-19 recovery and, longer-term, for society, poverty and the third sector.
How to pay for social care
Northern Ireland's powers to raise it own revenues are so limited that it is almost entirely dependent on the British Treasury via the Block Grant for the monies it can spend.
Where next for health reform?
Before Covid-19, reform of Health and Social Care was the biggest challenge facing Stormont. That challenge remains, but the ability to meet it may be diminished.
Recovering from the pandemic: lessons from other disasters
It might be a matter of months before vaccines bring Covid-19 under control. It will take 10-15 years for individuals and communities to recover from the disaster, according to the health think tank The King’s Fund.
Stormont should take on loneliness in 2021
Covid-19 may have increased loneliness - but loneliness was an issue before the pandemic and, without reform, will remain one even as society returns to normal or something very like it.
Covid-19: why we have to take the pain
As tough new restrictions are introduced to try to stem the spread of Covid-19 in Northern Ireland a furious debate has ignited as to whether we are doing the right thing.