Suggestions as to how you might influence your local body elections to promote the reduction of inequality…
Issues that impact on inequality:
- Council employees including contractors on at least the “living wage”. The first step is obviously council employees. The contractors issue is proving to be more difficult and perhaps should be a second stage effort.
- Controls on the top salaries of council employees including contractors eg 10 times the lowest paid. This is a very complex and difficult proposition and may be better left until councils take complete control of setting pay and conditions for staff which is now possible under legislation. See survey question.
- All pay rises on absolute terms ie not percentages.
- Real local body involvement in “social and affordable” housing.
- Discounted or free services for the poor.
Some suggestions for action:
- Survey candidates using an online survey tool like SurveyMonkey on issues related to inequality using a rating scale. Possible questions for candidates meetings can be downloaded here and these can be used in an online survey too.
- Get agreement from local media to publish results – suggest in table form.
- Use local media to determine when and where ‘meet the candidates’ meetings are to be held. Use local supporters of your group to attend these meetings with prepared questions preferably supplied to the chairperson before the start of the meeting.
- Find candidates who are supportive of reducing inequality and support them wherever and in whatever way possible. Care needs to be taken here as some candidates may be inconsistent and should not be given blanket support.
- SurveyMonkey is available from their website, the link is https://www.surveymonkey.com/home/ and registering is free. The maximum number of survey questions for a free user is 10 and to analyse the results effectively (i.e. being able to export the results electronically) requires paying a monthly fee of $35.00 (for as many months as desired).
- Lists of candidates and their email addresses from the local authority. Some LGOs publish lists as excel spreadsheets (good) others publish in PDF. You can use the Adobe export to Word for the PDFs and then edit the document to produce a CSV which you can then turned into a spreadsheet for further manipulation before re-exporting to a CSV which you can then use to import to SurveyMonkey.
- Statements for use with the media from: [email protected]