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Covid-19 support again puts charities in a bind
Throughout the pandemic, Westminster has not responded to the needs of community and voluntary organisations or the people they serve. That needs to change.
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.
Homework is complicated
Can homework plug the learning gap? Work from Parenting NI indicates the benefits of homework are complicated – and there is no one perfect policy.
Domestic violence in NI is epidemic
Almost one in five recorded crimes in Northern Ireland are crimes of domestic violence. Incidences of abuse in the home are on the rise. Covid-19 and lockdown has played a part – but the problems go deeper.
Younger voices feel sidelined during the pandemic
An NI Youth Forum survey asked young people about their experiences of, and thoughts about, lockdown. It highlights concerns about mental health and education – and about not being listened to.
Covid-19 and charities: the thorny path to recovery
NICVA’s latest Covid-19 Impact Survey shows the immense impact of the pandemic on the local third sector and its ability to deliver services. Significant statutory help is needed. It won’t be provided without making a good case.
The fallout from Covid-19 will squeeze communities in a time of need
It is unsurprising – but still disappointing – that the pandemic could force the work done by charities shrink while demand for that work rises.
Is Northern Ireland ready to go back to school?
The local R number is above one, which is a potential disaster given schools are supposed to open their doors in a week or two. Renewed restrictions elsewhere could be needed.
Education relies on pupils’ mental health
Local children will soon be back at school. Catching up on education is vital – but so is pupils’ mental health. Scope looks at a new report from Barnardo’s NI that gathered evidence from teachers and other education staff.
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.
Facemasks: the facts
The controversy over facemasks is emblematic of the dangerously shambolic government response to Covid-19. And it's not just public health that’s at stake.
Will the pandemic lead to a greener world?
This week 57 charities, including NI Environment Link wrote to the Prime Minister demanding all elements of any recovery package be consistent with reaching net zero emissions by 2050.
Now is the time to take on loneliness
Covid-19 risks an increase in loneliness. It also makes loneliness much more difficult to tackle. We have to think of ways to work against these problems – especially with Northern Ireland at risk of a coronavirus second wave.