Key The­mes for Mu­nici­pal Elec­tions 2021

These key election themes were approved by the Helsinki district board of the Left Alliance on 13 January 2021 and are based on the municipal election platform adopted in the autumn district meeting of 5 December 2020.

FUNCTIONAL LOCAL SERVICES

Residents throughout Helsinki have the right to access local high-quality services in their own neighbourhood. The existence of a social services and health care centre, a local library, a day care centre, a nearby school and sports facilities lays the foundation for a good and safe growth and living environment. The neighbourhood school policy must be extended to cover early childhood education as well. Seamless public transport connections and proper footpaths and cycle paths ensure practicality in everyday life.

EQUALITY THROUGH EDUCATION

As the wealthiest municipality in Finland, Helsinki does not need to save on education and learning. Helsinki also has the means to invest in the upcoming reform of secondary education. Different kinds of learners must be supported on all levels of education by ensuring a sufficient number of guidance counsellors, school psychologists and school social workers. All children in Helsinki have the subjective right to early childhood education and are entitled to sufficient resources for equal primary school education. Providing a safe transition to secondary education ensures that students are on an equal footing as they enter adulthood.

URBAN SPACES AND RESPECT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

The protection of urban nature, promotion of biodiversity and improvement of air quality are key tools for improving the health of the city’s residents. Improved energy efficiency, waste heat recovery and renewable energy solutions are ways to achieve carbon neutrality in the current decade. The use of coal must be abandoned by 2025. Extensive and affordable public transport network solutions help build a green future for Helsinki.

RIGHT TO HEALTH AND WELL-BEING

Residents must be able to access treatment within one week in primary care, mental health services and addiction services. The budget reserved for child welfare and other social services must be increased. Good treatment and care, along with high quality of life and housing, must be ensured for senior citizens in both home care services and residential care. The salaries and well-being of the employees are the key to ensuring a professional workforce. Paperless persons must be allowed access to non-urgent care. The provision of preventive social services and health care is both humane and financially profitable. Residents must have the right to receive multidisciplinary services.

SUSTAINABLE WORK AND AN ADEQUATE INCOME

The City of Helsinki must be a fair and exemplary employer. The monthly pay of the employees of the City of Helsinki must be at least 2,000 euros. The City of Helsinki must set up an employment programme to secure employment for those who have become unemployed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Actions must be taken to tackle the growing youth unemployment. Procurements should be divided into smaller parts to allow companies of all sizes to participate in tender procedures. Services needed by residents during different stages of their lives must be primarily provided as public services. The city must keep an eye on its services and outsourced services to ensure that no exploitation or human trafficking is involved.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND PRACTICAL DEVELOPMENT

The cost of housing must be brought under control, and the amount of affordable rented housing must be promptly increased. The City of Helsinki must ensure housing as a human right and provide housing for the homeless according to their needs. The city’s housing production objectives must be achieved in both state-subsidised housing production and the city’s own housing production. Ecologically sustainable building permits must be promoted while ensuring good building quality.

HELSINKI BELONGS TO ALL OF US

Municipal decision-making must aim to eliminate deprivation, exclusion and social inequality, strengthen gender equality and abolish structural oppression. Linguistic and cultural diversity is an asset for Helsinki. The accessibility of services intended for disabled persons and other special groups must be ensured, and these services must be improved by, for example, offering free public transport to persons with reduced mobility. The hobby guarantee policy must be implemented to its full extent to prevent social exclusion. Bullying, hate speech and racism must be firmly condemned. Decision-making must always be based on human rights and the principles of sustainable development.