Health & Society
Children & Families
Reading Time: 6 minutes By Lesley-Ann Black & Dan Hull This article examines levels of childhood obesity and inactivity in our children in Northern Ireland and asks what more can be done to address this public health problem. A
Culture & Sport
How has COVID-19 Emergency Funding for the arts and culture Sectors in Northern Ireland been distributed?
Reading Time: < 1 minute By James Bamford & Karen McCallion This visualisation provides a snapshot of emergency funding provided to the arts and culture sectors in Northern Ireland. This funding is part of a range of measures supported by
Reading Time: 9 minutes This article examines some of the risks which COVID-19 has posed to the culture and heritage sectors in Northern Ireland, and assesses whether the support measures put in place by the Northern Ireland Executive and
Is Northern Ireland ‘Open’ for business? Examining the social and economic impact of sporting events
Reading Time: 7 minutes This article draws on recent experiences of Government-funded sporting events in Northern Ireland (NI), highlighting a number of those events, in particular their economic and social benefits. Such past events have helped to develop NI’s
Reading Time: 7 minutes By Michael Scholes & Aidan Stennett To highlight International Women’s Day, the following article updates our previous blog article examining the Gender Pay Gap in Northern Ireland, presenting the latest available data.The UK Government defines
Reading Time: 5 minutes By Michael Scholes & Aidan Stennett To highlight International Women’s Day, this blog article updates a previous one examining the Gender Pay Gap in Northern Ireland, by presenting the latest 2018 data. The UK Government
Reading Time: 4 minutes Please note that more up-to-date statistics on gender representation can be found in the RaISe research paper Who Runs Northern Ireland? A Summary of Statistics Relating to Gender and Power in 2020. The late feminist
Health & Social Care
Reading Time: 11 minutes This article considers a number of recent medical developments in relation to COVID-19 and the implications of the new vaccine for Northern Ireland. Coronaviruses are viruses that cause respiratory infections. COVID-19 is a highly infectious
‘Exit’ from COVID-19 lockdown: Social distancing and face coverings to minimise the spread of the virus
Reading Time: 10 minutes Context The RaISe research paper ‘Exit’ from COVID-19 ‘lockdown’: Health-related issues (20 May 2020) contained sections on transmission of the virus SARS-CoV-2 and two of the key issues – social/physical distancing from other people and
Reading Time: 9 minutes The Assembly Research and Information Service (RaISe) has published a number of papers on testing for Sars-CoV-2 tracking and contact tracing, including ‘Testing for Sars-CoV-2 in the UK; and the use of testing and contact
How does the regulation of residential letting agents in Northern Ireland compare with the rest of the UK?
Reading Time: 6 minutes What is the distinction between an estate agent and a letting agent? Why is it important for consumers in Northern Ireland to distinguish between the two? Are the negative perceptions of such businesses justified? How
Is it appropriate ‘to let’ residential letting agents in Northern Ireland away with lighter touch regulation?
Reading Time: 5 minutes The private rented sector plays a vital role in the Northern Ireland housing market. There has been a focus on the regulation of the sector in recent years in the form of landlord registration, tenancy
Reading Time: 4 minutes Homelessness strategies across Europe have traditionally focused on a housing-led approach. This approach prioritises treatment and addiction recovery. Service users transition through stages of temporary accommodation before permanent housing is made available. In contrast, the ‘Housing
Reading Time: 3 minutes The Third Sector makes a substantial, but at times unrecognised, contribution to society in Northern Ireland. It is a key provider of health/social care; housing/housing support; education and training; environmental protection; childcare; youth services; sport,
Reading Time: < 1 minute Foodbanks are an increasingly useful resource for many in Northern Ireland. They provide a valuable service to communities and are continually helping to feed those in need. An interactive mapping application has been developed which
Reading Time: 3 minutes The Welfare Reform Bill was undoubtedly one of the most contentious pieces of legislation to come before the Assembly in the last mandate. Where have we got to and what challenges lie ahead?