The collapse of the Labour Party and the worldwide failure of socialism means that the hard left have decided to get involved in local government. This merry band of idiots wants to impose a socialist world view on councils, despite councils having a very limited role in changing the economic system. The Meatworkers Union are running Jobs that Count candidates, who we can safely recommend are all dodgy and should not be voted for.
Then there are the halfwits at Closing the Gap, who are trying to get candidates to sign up to their socialist utopian vision.
More regulation, more expense, higher rates and nothing to deal with the real problems driving inequality, housing affordability. Housing affordability is entirely the problem of councils refusing to provide adequate land supply so there is plenty of land to build new houses.
Closing the Gap requests your participation in our survey of candidates of Local Government Organisations (LGOs).
Our aim is to prompt candidates to consider aspects of local body governance which we think are critical to improving equality for all residents – a situation which helps improve the health of our society.
Please answer all questions whether you think the questions are applicable to your organisation or not.
We plan to publish all of the responses we receive for each question.
Please note that you can change your mind on a particular answer up until the time you select DONE.
Closing the Gap operates under the auspices of Income Equality Aotearoa New Zealand Inc which is a nation-wide, not for profit, apolitical, secular organisation having as it mantra, “More Equal Societies are Better for All”. This is based on the research of Wilkinson and Pickett in their book “The Spirit Level”, (2009). Their research, backed by many others clearly shows that developed countries with low levels of income inequality fare significantly better in many areas of health, social conditions and the economy than countries with high levels of income inequality .
The survey gauges your attitude to some of these issues in our communities and seeks to identify your attitude on some specific policy initiatives that will reduce inequality in our region.
Each question has five possible responses as follows:
Strongly agree, Agree, Open to persuasion either way, Disagree, and Strongly disagree
1. Local Government Organisations (LGOs) should take the lead and set an example in caring about the welfare of their residents.
2. LGOs should pay at least the living wage to all their permanent employees.
3. LGOs should be required to publish wage and salary bands in maximum $10,000 steps starting at the lowest waged employee and including all employees up to and including the CEO.
4. LGOs have a responsibility to monitor the availability of affordable housing and maintain an adequate supply of low cost housing.
5. LGOs should provide discounted public transport for people on low incomes (Community Service Card holders)
6. LGOs should provide discounted fees for the use of Council Services (swimming pools, libraries etc) for people on low incomes (Community Service Card holders).
7. Xxxxx should become an accredited Child Friendly City
8. LGOs should take advantage of the Hon. Nick Smith’s amendment to the Local Government Act allowing them to adopt policies in relation to (a) employee staffing levels and (b) the remuneration of employees. (See clause 36A, schedule 7 of the Act).
9. LGOs should undertake a comprehensive rates review on the same schedule as the long term plan review. (By rates review we mean a review of how rates are calculated).
10. Government at national level should change the way the minimum wage is determined and adopt an agreed living wage calculation.
Anyone signing up to this pledge is signing up to massive rates rises, more regulations and more of council getting involved in areas they have no responsibility for. Signatories are clearly dodgy local government candidates so we are giving them a group nomination.