General Election 2020

Ask candidates to address the inequalities in our community

Election 2020 is your opportunity to make a real difference.

This general election, we are asking you to ask candidates to commit to doing what needs to be done to achieve a more equal and fairer society for all and, that you use your vote on February 8th help achieve this.

Think of the 10,400 people homeless and living in emergency accommodation currently across our country; think of the women and children who are living in fear in their homes or having to leave home because they are subject to domestic abuse, and think of the many older people living in isolation in our communities who are barely getting by and for whom our health and community services are so vital.

General Election 2020

Addressing the Inequalities in Our Society – COPE Galway’s position

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COPE Galway has prepared some key policy recommendations. Informed voters can canvas candidates and seek a commitment to implement these recommendations.  So when candidates or their canvassers ask for a Number One, let them know what it will take for yours.
Our key requests in relation to the following three service areas include:

Addressing Housing and Homelessness

A commitment to a constitutional referendum to enshrine the right to housing into the constitution to protect the right to decent, secure and affordable housing for all during the lifetime of the next Government

The construction of new social housing as the response to address the housing needs of those who cannot afford a home of their own and the discontinuation of the reliance on private rented housing for those in need of social housing

Protections for those who are living in private rented housing through the enforcement and further extension of rent pressure zones so that those who need to live in private rented accommodation have their tenancy rights fully protected and have affordable rents

Responding to Domestic Abuse

Ensure that women and their children are not forced to live in unsafe or dangerous situation due to not having somewhere to go. COPE Galway recommends starting the process of moving towards ensuring at least 1 refuge place per 10,000 of population.

Supporting Older People

Making homecare available on a statutory basis as a viable alternative to older people having to enter residential nursing home care – the legislation is already on the statute books so a commitment to enacting this as part of the next programme for government is needed.