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.