Student & Stad believes it to be important that every citizen, no matter what religion, sexual orientation or ethnicity should feel welcome and at home in Groningen. At the same time we do not want the diversity in the city to result in a split city. Currently, Student & Stad sees a split between the students and non-students in Groningen. Far too often these two groups never meet and even are at loggerheads. Student & Stad thinks this is a shame. We believe both groups can offer each other a lot.
Relatively a lot of people live in poverty in Groningen. In part, a solution to this problem is dependent on national policies. But the local government can help make lasting changes. Student & Stad believes that policies aimed at keeping higher educated people in Groningen improves the local economy and increases the chances for all citizens. For years this has been a integral part of our views and will be in the coming years.Furthermore, we want to challenge people living on social security to keep developing skills and knowledge. For example, by allowing them to start businesses while receiving benefits. Moreover, Student & Stad thinks it is important that policies are aimed at creating equal chances for all children. Children growing up in poverty should have equal chances to schooling and development as other children.
In Groningen the average life expectancy is increasing, but compared to the rest of the Netherlands is relatively low. The life expectancy is also lower for certain social groups and in certain neighbourhoods. Student & Stad wants to decrease these differences. We believe this can only be done if the municipality works together with citizens, schools and universities, sports clubs and public health organisations. The municipality should be a role model and create healthy living environments.
Care for everyone
Making healthcare accessible for everyone is still a big challenge for Groningen. A big step has been taken by creating WIJ-teams. Every citizen with a demand for some form of healthcare is able to be initially helped in their own neighbourhood. The coming years we want to increase the participation and use of the WIJ-teams by young people. Specifically we want to realise a special team at the Zernike Campus. Furthermore, we want to invest in suicide prevention aimed at citizens between 10 and 25 years and structurally invest in healthcare innovation.