As more people re-enter the workforce, and the population grows, there has been increased pressure on the housing sector and health system.
Every year, the most engaged stories in health have been waiting times in hospitals, with the inevitability that people will lie on trollies. While this was still a story in winter 2016/17, the homelessness crisis reached such a spike, that activists occupied Apollo House and gained attention from the general public.
Other health related stories include free GP care for under-sixes launched, the debate about HPV vaccines, and the Sisters of Charity announced that they will end their involvement with National Maternity Hospital. All these stories had an awareness greater than 70% of the population and all scored high in importance.
Those aged over 40 tend to score health stories higher, while those under 40 are more likely to engage with housing stories. The most engaged with housing stories have always focused on the continuing crisis in providing houses and the number of homeless people increasing.
Initiatives to ease the pressure in housing have been engaged with less, from the help-to-buy scheme, proposals on rent certainty and planning regulations have all had an awareness below 70%