Kristianstad: Here are the questions that are most important for the parties
On 11th September there will be elections in all municipalities in Sweden to choose municipal councillors.
In the election period 2018 – 2022 Kristianstad municipality has been run by four parties working together in an alliance – Moderaterna, Liberalerna, Centerpartiet and Kristdemokraterna.
Three parties are in opposition – Socialdemokraterna, Sverigedemokrater and Vänsterpartiet.
Until the 2018 election Miljöpartiet had four seats in the municipal council. In the 2018 election they got no seats.
Kb Mosaik asked the following questions:
1. What is the most important question i Kristianstad municipality?
2. How can more who are new in Sweden find jobs? Statistics from the employment service for the number of openly unemployed show that in the age-group 16-64 there were 1188 unemployed in Kristianstad municipality. Of those, 645 were not born in Sweden.
Camilla Palm, Moderaterna (M):
1. – By creating security for everyone living here, that 's how we can make a more united community. Do things to make people enjoy living here,feel that they are in a safe place. We need to speed up the process of getting people from isolation and subsidies to work and a feeling of solidarity.
2. – One key is the Swedish language. You don't have to speak perfect Swedish, you just have to be able to make yourself understood. We must be better at matching people's interests to the desperate needs of the labour market. what capabilities do the new arrivals bring with them, and what can we, as a municipality, build on to to help them find a job faster? Instead of importing labour, we must see what we already have here.
Kent Angergård, Centerpartiet (C):
1. – Security.People worry about different things. A lot is already being done, such as night patrols and police presence on the streets. All good forces must work together,, the community, police, sports clubs and others. There are elderly people who are afraid to go out, there is worry about what is going on at Gamlegården. We must do something about it.
2. – What is most important is language. Unemployed people should be able both to get an education and find out what things are really like in businesses and organisations, get a foot into working life. At Folkuniversitetet Sfi students get both an insight into how the community works and practical experience, the Kristianstad model.This is worth making something of.
Pierre Månsson, Liberalerna (L):
1. – More taxpayers, that is, more people who are self-supporting, and more jobs. We have a positive development, we must keep on investing in more jobs.
2. – People who come here without being able to read and write are a long, long way from the labour market. So what is needed is more unqualified jobs, not everyone can be an IT-specialist. We can't expect a 40-year-old illiterate person to graduate from university. We must create more jobs where a degree is not required, for example in a laundry. I believe we can create more jobs, but they must be real jobs. You must feel you are doing something useful.
Christina Borglund, Kristdemokraterna (KD):
1. – We mustn't waste money from the people in the municipality. We can dream and have visions, but if our economy is not under control we can't fulfil them. We must have good schools, good nursery schools and a good welfare system.
2. – We need adult education to match needs on the labour market. There are businesses crying out for staff. All jobs have the same value, no matter whether you work with your hands as a craftsman or in geriatric care, where the need is enormous.What is most important is that you are needed,have a future and can contribute to society, that you feel that you are important, but you must also learn Swedish.
Ulrika Tollgren, Socialdemokraterna (S):
1. – Schools and education are extremely important, fundamental to finding a job. A good education for everyone. There must be adults in school, help must be given sooner, and we must have a health care system that works. During this administration's term of office funding for pedagogical work has been reduced by 70 million crowns The most vulnerable pupils have been hardest hit by the cuts.
2. – Shorten the way to a job.There are a number of competences industry is crying out for. Concentrate on further education for adults, both theoretical and practical, and introduction jobs. Something must be done for people who are far from the labour market and for those with physical or mental problems. A job is an important key to becoming integrated in the community, and to getting and keeping control of one's own life.
Mikael Persson, Vänsterpartiet (V):
1. – Schools. That every young person gets pass-marks in his/her subjects all the way through school is the absolutely best guarantee for not going off track, for finding a job and somewhere to live, So we must make a special effort for youngsters who can't keep up, via the school health service, remedial teaching or whatever might be necessary.
2. – Teaching in Sfi, an end to discrimination, anonymised applications when you apply for a job or a flat. There is a clear tendency not to pay any attention to people whose names are not Bengtsson or Persson. Sfi must be developed, and it must be made easier to validate whatever education people have from their home countries.
Carl-Henrik Nilsson, Sverigedemokrater (SD):
1. – Integration. We want to make demands throughout the Swedish community with a focus on vulnerable areas, to reduce segregation, to give new arrivals greater opportunities to find work. Sfi is part of this, as is making oneself suitable for a job, taking any job there is, to be eligible for grants and other benefits.
2. - Language. We must make it a requirement for new arrivals to learn Swedish. This increases the chance of making contact with the Swedish community and improves the chance of finding a job. Efforts must be geared to making this possible, that they can go out and test what kind of work suits each individual.
Helena Winter, Miljöpartiet (MP):
1. – Environment and climate change, this is shown in reports from UN's climate panel, IPCC. The change must be made at once, fairly and equally. The municipality is to be climate-neutral by 2030, but we can't see that much is being done. One simple way to make a climate-smart contribution is to build more cycle paths.
2. – The municipality should be more active in recruiting staff, according to their competence, of course. Employers must open their eyes. Although you have the certificates and the education, you can be discounted if your name is Mohamad or something like that. We need networks between the municipality and businesses, speed-dating in the worklife. Applications should be anonymous – a personal letter and a CV can speak for themselves.
This is what the municipal council decides
The municipal council in Kristianstad has 65 members. It is the highest decision-making instance in the municipality, and may be called the municipality's 'parliament'. The municipal council makes decisions on matters such as the budget, taxes, large-scale plans for building and investments.
The municipality is led by politicians who are elected directly by the voters. This means that ordinary citizens have the power to affect and control how the municipality manages its business (commitments?)
THe municipal council usually meets once a month in the town hall. The meetings are open to the public. They can be followed via the web on the municipality's homepage.
This is how many seats the parties have in the municipal council
After the 2018 election the number of seats for each party in Kristianstad municipal council was as follows: (figures in brackets show the increase/decrease in number since the election in 2014)
Moderates (M) 13 (+2)
Centerpartiet (C) 4 (-1)
Liberalerna (L) 9 (-1)
Kristdemokraterna (KD) 3 (+2)
Arbetarepartiet Socialdemokraterna (S) 17 (-6)
Vänsterpartiet (V) 3 (+1)
Sverigedemokraterna (SD) 16 (+2)
Miljöpartiet De gröna (MP) 0 (-4))
Åhuspartiet (ÅHP) 0 (-1)
Since the election in 2018 the number of members is 65. (It used to be 71).