In English

1. GOOD SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES WITHIN THE REACH OF EVERYONE

  • Preventive work and basic services need to be invested in. Prevention of problems is humanely right. Preventing violence, long-term unemployment and substance abuse makes also financial sense, but everything shouldn't be measured in money.
  • Working conditions need to be put right. High turnover and overburdening of workers makes it difficult for them to work with long-term goals. The wellbeing of workers results in good services for the citizens.
  • The equality of social workers and healthcare workers needs to be ensured in the new social and health care department.
  • Funding for mental healthcare and substance abuse care services needs to be adequate. The strong points of both services need to be preserved while the offices are merged and neither should be subservient to other. One should have access to the services when the need arises. Different options for rehabilitation should be available.
  • The trend towards privatization needs to be stopped. Privatization leads to laborious and costly shopping around for services. Big providers get disproportionate competitive edge for their ability to offer large quantities of services. Tax money shouldn't be sent to tax havens.

2. WE NEED TO REACT TO THE HOUSING SHORTAGE 

  • Housing distribution needs to be changed by substantially increasing the number of reasonably priced city-owned housing.
  • The needs of the residents have to be considered more carefully. Everybody doesn't need a sauna, parking space or many square meters. Single households must be taken into account in housing production.
  • Helsinki should get control of land purchasing and planning. Construction companies should have less say in which sort of housing is being produced in the city. Helsinki needs to set up a construction and repair unit.
  • Different kinds of communal living should be made possible for people of all ages and all life circumstances.
  • Preventing homelessness should be invested in. Suitable housing options should be arranged for the homeless. Walls alone won't support everyone.

3. DEMAND DEMOCRACY!

 

  • Decision-making should be transparent and understandable. Policymakers should be familiar with the issues they are dealing with.
  • Democratically elected representatives should hold the primary political power instead of high-ranking officials. The preparation of decisions should be available to the public for open review.
  • Everyone's voice should be heard and everyone should be included. Politics are not only for the well-to-do.
  • Decision-making should be brought closer to the people. Citizens should be able to influence decision-making on a neighbourhood level and in referendums.
  • Workers should have genuine possibilities to influence their job and its conditions, especially when changes are being made. Collaboration among the employees of the city and other citizens should be encouraged.