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Child poverty and Northern Ireland's house of cards
Progress on child poverty has been slow. Between the pandemic and rising house prices, things could be about to get much worse.
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.
Covid-19 and women: a shrinking job market and a growing risk of violence at home
For women, economic prospects and domestic abuse are interlinked. The pandemic is putting pressure on both.
Friends to all: the remarkable story of the Quakers in Ireland
Last summer, just before the second wave of the pandemic struck, Shane Whelehan became chief executive of Quaker Service Northern Ireland.
Should Northern Ireland set its own income tax?
Discussions about devolving more tax powers to NI are beginning in earnest. This could transform government – but risk and opportunity go hand in hand.
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.
Poverty is a trap
Arguments against higher social security payments centre on incentivising work. This is flawed thinking. Right now, benefits are too low.
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.
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.
Let's not get back to normal - it wasn't so nice
Katherine Trebeck, Senior Strategic Advisor for the Wellbeing Economy Alliance argues the case for radical, lasting change.*
Time to address the brain drain
During its short existence Northern Ireland’s only think tank Pivotal has made significant contributions to improving debate about some of the challenges we face.
Communicating is harder in the pandemic
Covid-19 has left charities will a range of challenges that is broad and deep. One of these is communications, a crucial – but oft overlooked – aspect of any organisation.