Category Archives: Issues

The crippling cost of childcare

In November we launched our latest Childcare Cost Survey, the findings of which show that the cost of childcare continues to rise, with a full-time place now costing £8,528 per year.  Of...

Better Healthcare

Dr John D Woods chair of the Northern Ireland council of the British Medical Association (BMA) talks to Owen McQuade about the challenges facing healthcare in Northern Ireland. The aim of the...

Business rates review underway

agendaNi takes a look at the Department of Finance and Personnel’s review of Northern Ireland’s business rates. The Department of Finance and Personnel’s (DFP) Minister, Arlene Foster MLA recently announced the start...

Catching up on public procurement

Almost a year after the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 came into force, what have been their practical experiences? For those whose work is related to public procurement, February 26th, 2015, is a...

Economy stalls

Data shows that economic growth for Northern Ireland shrank during the second quarter of this year and comes at a time of several high profile factory closures. The latest Northern Ireland Composite...

Osborne’s climbdown?

News of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne’s decision to scrap his proposed tax credit changes were greeted with much cheer last December but agendaNi asks, has the announcement really changed...

Political perspectives

In the second of our series of interviews with Northern Ireland’s newly elected MPs, Adam Morton speaks to East Belfast’s Gavin Robinson MP, whose election in 2015 saw the DUP reclaim the...

Rebuilding trust in the agri-food sector

Richard Halleron attended the inaugural meeting of the Supply Chain Forum where the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Michelle O’Neill called for better cooperation to tackle the challenges facing the...

Reducing inactivity

The Department for Employment and Learning’s permanent secretary, Derek Baker discusses how the department is attempting to reduce Northern Ireland’s high levels of economic inactivity.  The economically inactive are defined as people...