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How social housing can put wealth back into local communities
In all the excitement that surrounded the announcement of a new housing policy last week, it is important not to forget the enormous role played by Housing Associations in Northern Ireland.
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.
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.
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 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.
A new kind of politics: the revolutionary Pope
For the past three decades we have been encouraged to believe that there is no alternative to the liberal world order, that we have in that oft-quoted phrase reached the end of history.
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.
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.
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.
Community leadership: bringing on the next generation
Many community and voluntary organisations face a looming crisis.
Water: the crisis you might not know about
Northern Ireland’s water system is bursting at the joins. This is holding back economic and social development and damaging the environment.
Food banks, poverty and our broken Welfare State
How has it come to pass that in one of the wealthiest countries on the planet so many people are dependent on the kindness of others to provide for their most basic of needs, food?
Anti-Slavery Commissioner publishes her first annual report
Northern Ireland’s recent efforts to tackle modern slavery deserve credit – but there is still a long way to go.