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By VIEW editor Brian Pelan A leading welfare rights advisor has urged the Northern Ireland Secretary of State Julian Smith to introduce urgent legislation to avoid a looming crisis of child poverty, hunger and mass evictions. Kevin Higgins, Advice NI and member of the Welfare Reform Mitigations Working Group, added: “We have a mitigation package which has sheltered people from the harshest impacts of welfare reform, impacts that are disproportionately greater in Northern Ireland than anywhere else as evidenced by the recent Commons Joint Committee report. “We have inadequate, segregated social housing; we have higher rates of disability; we have…

For our final Communicate Your Story! event of 2019, VIEWdigital will host a workshop with our readers at Ormeau Baths, Belfast to find out more about what stories they want us to cover in 2020 and invite them for a festive drink! Take time out from BREXIT blues and General Election hype to support independent journalism on social justice issues and social affairs. The VIEWdigital team also wants to tell readers about our big plans for 2020. COMMUNICATE YOUR STORY!, Ormeau Baths, Belfast, Monday, December 9 – From 2pm to 4pm To find out more contact Una Murphy, publisher VIEWdigital…

Shocking new figures reveal that more than half (59%) of stroke survivors in Northern Ireland feel they did not receive enough support with their recovery. The Stroke Association has published new findings that show thousands of stroke survivors in Northern Ireland said they struggle to access the support they need to rebuild their lives after stroke. There are currently more than 38,000 stroke survivors in Northern Ireland, and these latest findings show that many people feel let down by the health and social care system. The charity’s Lived Experience report is compiled from a large survey of people affected by…

The campaign group Pregnant Then Screwed has carried out a survey to understand more about the cost and impact of childcare on families, it has found that the exorbitant cost of childcare creates financial anxiety in 84% of households. These findings support recent research by the OECD that singled-out the UK as having the most expensive childcare system in the world with 35.7% of income being spent on it (OECD, April 2019). The financial burden of childcare has meant that 17% of parents have had to leave their jobs, with 62% saying they work fewer hours because of childcare costs.…

New research from the housing advice group Housing Rights shows that renting privately in Northern Ireland is becoming increasingly unaffordable for people who rely on housing benefit to pay their rent. Almost nine out of 10 of rental properties are out of reach for people receiving Housing Benefit with the research showing that as little as 12% of properties in the sector would have their rent fully covered by the amount of benefit available. The report focuses on the provision of housing benefit in the private rented sector, which is paid at ‘Local Housing Allowance’ (LHA) rates. The research used…

By VIEW deputy editor Kathryn Johnston Frances O’Grady, General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), brought a stark message about Brexit during a visit to Belfast last week. Ms O’Grady, speaking at an event in the Mac to discuss Labour and the foundation and development of Northern Ireland, said: “No deal doesn’t mean a clean break. It’s not as if it’s going to be a short, sharp shock. The fall-out will poison our political life for years to come. We’ve seen what the neofascists are capable of – in Britain, the memory of the murder of Labour MP Jo…

JOB DESCRIPTION POSITION: Business Development Executive EMPLOYER: VIEWdigital RESPONSIBLE TO: Directors LOCATION: Belfast SALARY: Dependent on Experience (Circa £35,000) This is offered as a freelance position. VIEWdigital – Independent Publisher of social affairs journalism in VIEW magazine and the VIEWdigital news site. Thousands of readers see VIEW magazine in digital and print editions in libraries and on their smartphones or laptops and follow us on social media. OUR PURPOSE AND VISION – VIEWdigital highlights social justice issues, champions community initiatives and provides independent quality journalism on social affairs. JOB OPPORTUNITY – An outstanding, newly-created opportunity exists for a Business Development…

By VIEW editor Brian Pelan Northern Ireland’s abortion law breaches the UK’s human rights commitments, the High Court ruled in Belfast today. The case was taken in Belfast by Sarah Ewart, who challenged the law after she was denied a termination. The judge said she ruled in Mrs Ewart’s favour as it was not right to ask another woman to relive the trauma that she had already experienced. Mrs Ewart said the ruling was “a turning point for women” in their campaign against “outdated laws”. In 2013, Mrs Ewart was told she could not have a legal abortion, despite doctors…

By Megan McDermott The Irish Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has recently announced that a programme could be set up to gather voluntary biological samples from potential relatives of the bodies found in an unmarked mass grave at the Tuam mother and baby home, Co. Galway. The Minister has made public an independent report into the home, where unmarried mothers were often sent to give birth. It is believed that 796 children died there with no official record of their burial. The report followed a call from a group of survivors and relatives of women and children formerly at the…

School children from across Northern Ireland will walk out of school tomorrow as part of the largest ever Global Climate Strike. For the past eight months, young people have staged monthly walk outs and protests, as part of the ‘Fridays for Future’ movement started by young Swedish Climate activist Greta Thunberg. For the first time since the demonstrations began in February, the youth strikers are calling on parents, businesses, working people and politicians alike to get behind the strikers and demand urgent action on the climate crisis. One of the local organisers in Belfast, Maia Willis, 18, said: “Our future…

What is community banking? What are the benefits of it and why would it be good for the people of Northern Ireland? A number of organisations and individuals from the community, voluntary and charity sector attended an event yesterday at Queen’s University, Belfast, organised by Our Money Campaign, Co-operative Alternatives and Dr John Barry (QUB), to hear more about how to set up a community bank. John Moore from the Community Savings Bank Association explained to the meeting what a community bank would mean and the benefits and challenges of setting one up in Northern Ireland. Mr Moore also said…

Writer Harry Reid Writer Harry Reid pens a few lines about his father Bert and his strong desire to die in his own home. His dad died in 2018 Time is a healer. Sometimes. Sometimes, the flipped coin glints, landing tick side up. Sometimes, it shows the dull time-worn face of tock. Life turns on a sixpence after all. Time is a currency. We get the choice to spend it wisely or foolishly. We do not get to decide when time’s up. Nor can we know in advance when our game will move into injury time. Today, determination to avoid…

Margaret and Paul FitzPatrick, left, with VIEW editor Brian Pelan, Fintan Fagan, and Brendan O’Hara, at the launch of the 53rd edition of VIEW Magazine on Palliative Care – Images: Kevin Cooper, Photoline By VIEW editor Brian Pelan A birthday party followed by a trip to a hospice in a way sums up my life as VIEW editor. I travelled yesterday, with photographer Kevin Cooper, to St Francis Hospice in Blanchardstown, Dublin, for the launch of the VIEW print issue on palliative care. The night before I was in Bert’s Jazz Bar in Belfast celebrating my 63rd birthday. Going to…

Louise Hagan Louise Hagan, Service Improvement Lead, Palliative and End of Life Care, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, writes about the challenges she faced when her own father was dying Life is a bit like writing a book. It has a beginning and an end. And in between there are chapters. Some chapters are fast paced, full of adventure. Some chapters are much slower, filled with the everyday motions of life. But every book has a final chapter. When the final chapter looms, it catches us all by surprise, no matter how young or old we are. Life is…

Mary McManus Book review by Mary McManus A Beginner’s Guide to the End. How to live life and face death’ – By BJ Miller and Shoshana Berger In May 2014, my 86-year-old father, who was suffering from prostate cancer, was told he had six to 12 months to live. In November of that year, my mother, aged 81, and diagnosed with mixed dementia, fell and broke her hip. Until that point, my parents had been caring for each other and living a pretty independent life with some input from family and a carer who called every morning. The fall changed…

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