The ChristenUnie/SGP wants a city in which families and children have a future, where all generations will be able to live and work properly and stay to do so. This means that The Hague has to stay an attractive city to live in for youth and singles, elderly and families, poor and rich and most definitely for people with a middle income. A city, where we maintain affordable houses, good education and room to play and to study. This, of course, does not happen by itself in a city ever growing, where houses become less and less affordable. The ChristenUnie/SGP makes clear choices to bring that perspective closer to all.
1. Attractive city for all to live. The Hague needs to stay a diverse city, in which everyone is able to live, with middle income households as its backbone. Our starting point is to add affordable quality to the city, so all – predominantly families – will be able to afford their houses.
2. Well-balanced residential areas. Districts with a one-sided housing supply, such as in Moerwijk and Bouwlust, need to become more attractive to a wider audience. Restructuring these districts will be continued again, whilst keeping an eye on the prevention of humid and mold problems. Low-cost houses that disappear, will be replaced by middle and more expensive rental and owner-occupied dwellings. Also, richer districts will get more low-cost houses.
3. Find shelter for the homeless. In order to find homeless people shelter in a faster way, there will be more houses available to them. Furthermore, we improve cooperation between the social service and housing corporations.
4. Refugee students get a chance. A refugee student needs to get a chance to finish his/her education or to add diplomas. To make this possible, we cooperate with adult schools and language education provided by ROC Mondriaan, The Hague School of Applied Sciences, the UAF and others involved. If there is no study loan (yet), studying whilst retaining social welfare will be possible.
5. Parents are important and more guys in front of the classrooms. Parents are not only important as volunteers at school, but equally important to provide a safe and stimulating home for the child’s development. We will not cut budgets on parent involvement. Also, we will create a special plan to tackle the shortage of teachers in which we will highlight ‘more guys in front of the class’ in order to make primary education more attractive for male teachers. We stimulate ‘he-entrants’.
6. Parent courses via Centres for Youth and Family. A child will thrive as long as its parents do. That’s why we support parents via parenting courses by child centres. Birth care not only needs to be focused on physical preparation, but also on the mental part.
7. A secure future for our children. Children need to have a safe and secure future in The Hague. The municipality works as much as they can to prevent domestic violence, child abuse and divorces that end up in fights and bullying. Parents are to be supported in their upbringing by the Centre for Youth and Family, for example by parenting courses.
8. Prevent depression and suicide. The municipality stimulates and improves physical health of both children and parents and will invest more in the prevention of depressions and suicide among youth.
9. Combatting fictitious marriages. We will put measures to be more strict on possible informal marriages. The police needs more information on what to do when a woman or man wants to file an unlawful marriage.
10. Children play on walking distance. Play grounds and materials will be divided in a proper way by the municipality: children should be able to play on walking distance from their homes.