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Poverty is a trap
Arguments against higher social security payments centre on incentivising work. This is flawed thinking. Right now, benefits are too low.
Major action on climate change is possible
Could NI be on the edge of massive reform? The end of the pandemic is hopefully in sight, while other political ructions will herald change, in some form. A modern, green economy would be the best possible result.
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.
Tackling loneliness will be a bellwether for Covid-19 recovery
New research from the Red Cross lays bare how, for many people, coronavirus has led to loneliness. The root causes cut across every aspect of the pandemic.
News is a utility but, to survive, it needs charity
Journalism is in crisis. Its weakness is part of something wider that is undermining society. Financing independent reporting is necessary – but not sufficient – to steer away from disaster. Journalism also needs public confidence.
Bringing wellbeing to Northern Ireland
New research from the Carnegie Trust has laid out a path for Northern Ireland to become a place that puts the genuine needs and wants of its people first.
Poverty: Society’s open wound
Department for Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey outlines her plans to tackle poverty.
Transfer tests headed for crunch time
Calls to cancel this year’s post-primary transfer tests continue to mount – and the list of barriers to a fair testing process is growing. The Education Minister is gambling on everything going smoothly.
Covid-19 has highlighted NI’s lack of support for childcare
The pandemic has shown once more how important childcare is to many families in Northern Ireland – and why proper help from Stormont is essential.
Westminster needs to prioritise replacing EU funding
The delay – or complete absence – of a consultation on the planned UK Shared Prosperity Fund is not encouraging. Perhaps this week will bring some news.
Paramilitaries and the pandemic
Here’s a question you thought no-one would ever ask. What impact has the pandemic had on paramilitaries?
Housing policy prompts Stormont love-in
We’ve become used to American politicians coming over to Northern Ireland to show us how to run a democracy.
Pandemic transfer test debate lacks a resolution
Even if the transfer test goes ahead, it might cause more problems than it prevents for an Education Minister who is wholly committed to academic selection.
The more we know about mental health, the better
New research into the general mental health of young people in NI could be transformative for policy makers - and for community and voluntary organisations providing services to local children.