Well-being and active Jyväskylä: vision

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First of all, I have to say that this text does not contain any red-green world-hugging projects. The decision-maker must have visions of what he or she is doing. I am a realist and these visions are genuinely feasible and I will also implement them if I get the 200 or so votes in these elections. That would give me a mandate. 

Then a little bit about the character and background of the decision-maker: Have you ever wondered what kind of background a municipal decision-maker should be from or even does it matter? And more importantly, does he genuinely want to make a difference in the best interests of common issues so that municipal decision-making is not just another way for him to make his position more effective? 

The background matters – it’s good to have experience in the main themes that you promote. And I have. My 3 main themes are: more employment, more activities for the young and more company for the elderly. It is no wonder now that decisions are being taken that are unfaithful to those mentioned, because they do not exist amongst the decision-makers. E.g. the average age of the council is 44 and the majority are largely paid between the ages of 45 and 60. 

10 themes and 30 measures for the active and well-being Jyväskylä: 

  1. Work and activities for young people

There are 25.5% of unemployed jobseekers under the age of 25 and this tragedy. Despite the difficult economic situation, I would not compromise on summer job vouchers – they need to be offered more and employers and employment must otherwise be supported more by hiring decent employment services. In Jyväskylä, when a young person becomes unemployed, the focus today is mainly on activities that do not lead to employment. 

The new municipal experiment in employment, which is now starting this year, is a good start that the council must control: as employment services are more committed to the municipality, there is more local information on, for example, hidden jobs. Account will be taken of organisations and volunteering in labour market policy measures, and district play will not be commissioned at the same time as the winter maintenance of cycle routes is dep short. 

Employers most often hire already familiar young people and relatives, causing unfair competition where no one wins. Let’s make the rules of the game the same for everyone and demand that the hiring criteria be transparent. I will present more solutions to this theme later. 


-Summer job vouchers are paid for so that employers hire young people. 

-Genuinely employing education and non-profit work are organised for the unemployed. 

-Hiring is based on the abilities of the young person, and not on a kinship or friendship. 


  1. Care and company for the elderly, even with saving costs

In elder care, local and nurses do a lot of non-professional work that could be done by someone else. In this way, their rush is completely futile. Examples include keeping the apartment accessible and exporting trash. We could well support the unemployed and young people to do just such simple chores. The participants could be evaluated and selected by elder care organisations. This could generate the activity required by law to provide the unemployed with labour market support. In the Helsinki region, old-age labour organisations have long been running this kind of voluntary activity as well. At the same time, there have been listening ears for the elderly. 

My solution to support employment is not new and strange. It has already been tried in Helsinki and the experiences have been excellent for all parties involved. The results were that all parties, including employers in their costs, benefited and young people made progress in their lives. The corona (which we will soon be able to get out of) cannot be used as an excuse to put an end to everything; the elder care associations must be given resources so that they can educate and take actions. 

Care for the elderly could also be improved by prevention: If an elderly person is hospitalised from a hip fracture to institutional care, it costs 1. year c. 38500€. Cleaning and organizing don’t cost that much. After the savings mentioned in my text, it is not impossible to secure the resources of care for the elderly. 


-Employment-assisted and volunteers are involved in the simplest jobs in care for the elderly and in alleviating loneliness. 

We support organisations working for the elderly financially. 

-Investing in prevention and not cutting from care resources. 


  1. More jobs and entrepreneurship

Jyväskylä already has insightful factors in this matter: Business Jyväskylä, the city’s business unit, guides novice entrepreneurs largely free of charge. In addition, there is a network to which they direct; for example, at the Startup Factory to test the idea and possibly receive a €1,000 start-up grant in addition to government support. Universities communicate entrepreneurship courses with distinction. 

However, there is room for improvement: EduFutura should also be more strongly involved in the entrepreneurship network. The aim is to combine the competence of higher education institutions, vocational schools and upper secondary schools with study guidance for the individual. There is still room for improvement in the network; many completely unnecessary bureaucratic procedures should be brought down and more staff are needed. Sure: If the staff gets to focus on the essentials, the increase may not be needed. 

The €1,000 start-up money for a good business idea is pathetic. Is it really the case that only the rich can start a business, no matter how good or bad the idea is? This doesn’t make any sense. A minimum of €5,000 would be a smarter amount. 

Jyväskylä now has top-level expertise compared to the European level in the University’s IT Faculty and Faculty of Sports Sciences. However, it is not surprising that all know-how flows into Helsinki when cooperation within the same university is so bureaucratic. Solutions are needed that bring competence together, such as, for example, the use of skills. Taugoapp, a recent startup in development, has been a good example. 


-In different study places, bureaucracy is eliminated from cross-learning. 

-Strengthening and organising the business jyväskylä, EduFutura and Company Factory packages. 

-Above all, proper support is given to a good business idea. 


  1. Responsible financial management

Basic services, such as care for the elderly and kindergartens, can only be secured in the long term if there is sufficient money. This means that there is a balance between expenditure and revenue. One of the downsides of our political system is that policymakers only have spending made to gain popularity. 

Jyväskylä, in particular, has long had a low municipal tax as an asset compared to the rest of central Finland. Let us stick to this and get more businesses and jobs here, which in turn pay those taxes. 

I would cut support from unnecessary grants for cultural and civic activities: firstly, the Finnish Computer Museum Association and the Mindless Lemon Association are on the list. There are many kinds of hair and bunk clubs in civic activities that no one visits and for which the subsidies granted are not even publicly published now. I’d make the decisions public. 


-Expenditure and revenue are balanced so that the economy is managed responsibly. 

-Expenditure is prioritised so that basic services come first. 

-No more futes: projects seeking popularity and grants for cultural and civic activities with no participants. 


  1. Efficient maintenance and waste management

The streets of late winter and the city are in terrible shape. At the same time, unemployed young people cannot be employed for maintenance, even for a minimum wage. Jyväskylä’s economy is cannot be doing this badly! It’s just a matter of laziness. I’ve seen street lamps half cut and slanted towards the sidewalk, a danger to pedestrians. A phone application could be introduced in the city, where a couple of clicks and pictures could provide information about the uninstated matter to the city. Based on the location and the picture, maintenance can then arrive when it gets there. 

Waste management works for a long time; there, too, there is room for improvement. Recycle Bins are often full. There are not many waste  points, and even the little there is has been poor advice. Many places for waste canning are a long way away. 

For the elderly, walking paths that are not slippery should be secured. Housing companies must be blunted for not maintaining the adjacent houses and for people to stumble. The fact that the city’s decision-makers do not cycle much can be seen in the bike  paths and their design, especially in the Nisula, Voionmaa and MäkiMatti areas. I’m going to change that. 


-Housing companies would be required to manage their plots. 

-Waste management and maintenance would employ more people or work more conveniently. 

-The waste points would have been logically located and there would be clear instructions and locations for problem waste. 


6. Protecting nearby nature 

The skills of nature conservation in everyday life already begin in schools that teach recycling and other basic skills. If teachers do not have time to teach these, then why should nature conservation organisations and teachers not get a break at the same time? Here, too, there is a lot of unnecessary bureaucracy in the background. 

Zoning must safeguard existing recreational areas. New apartment buildings are built tall rather than wide; in this case, the urban infrastructure itself does not take up so much space, and jyväskylä has done well here. The local nature isn’t that far away. More remote areas suitable for recreational use need to be better  informed, for example, on public transport pages. Now many connections are nowhere to be seen. Links with recreational areas also need to be improved; walking distances will be shortened. 

I have already talked about the maintenance of the routes, and this also includes winter maintenance of nature trails so that older people can walk. Further, it’s not nice to see trash in parks, just like now, especially masks. 


-Nature conservation will be safeguarded with concrete examples already in schools. 

-Strengthen public transport to more remote recreational areas and inform. 

-Keep the recreational areas and their walking trails in order. 


  1. Exercise and hobbies

For the health and alertness of the people of Jyväskylä, it is worth taking action. At least money doesn’t become a problem here: at best, you need or a few iron pipes from the ground to stick out, and you get a gymnastics place. Many people are happy about them in Jyväskylä even now that the coronavirus has closed everything. Simple and cheap solutions work, but bureaucracy often get in this way too: zoning and land ownership hinder. 

Implement a hobby guarantee: Each child must have at least one hobby. In an equal Jyväskylä, skiing would also be possible for a child, regardless of background, but one child’s three-hour slope can cost 50€. Even with supplementary income support, 250€ per child is not much skied. But it’s a utopia that the city could pay for everything. That would be great, but it would either require action from Laajavuori or an improvement in the economic situation. 

Therefore, the hobby guarantee and also rides to hobbies must be limited and arranged. Not everyone can have a unique hobby. 


-Adding simple outdoor sports facilities, such as racks. 

-A hobby guarantee will be implemented. 

-Ensure that each residential area has access to at least the most common hobbies. 


  1. Environmental footprint and climate change

The increase in global average temperatures is largely due to the emissions of greenhouse gases from mankind. And the average Finn produces many times more greenhouse gases than the Chinese, even though China is the biggest polluter. That’s exactly what we should be doing. However: Most of our emissions in Jyväskylä are due to keeping my house and your house warm and electricity consumption. There’s still a lot we can do: 

Let’s make Jyväskylä carbon neutral by 2030. Let’s support Alva, who is already doing a good job, and other innovating parties by rewarding the best plan with €90,000. More and more electric heating produced by nuclear power and green energy is being introduced. Now, in the short term, we’re going to have to replace peat with wood, though. We save energy on weekends and possibly otherwise by dropping the temperature a few degrees in public buildings. This means investing in the heating network. 

Wood construction is preferred because wood binds carbon and is best for human health to live in. Energy efficiency is a good thing, but it must not mean building houses to become mouldy. Building forats, solar panels, using air and geothermal heat. Let’s prefer longevity and locally produced whenever we can. 


-Let’s make us carbon neutral by 2030 by giving Alva support for its plans. 

-We drop the temperature in public buildings on weekends by a few degrees. 

-Build energy efficient and long-lasting; preferably from a tree. 


  1. A stop to loneliness

Loneliness has been described as Finland’s biggest problem, and not for no reason: It has extensive financial, health and social costs. Personally, I have lived in very communal areas where you can just go next door and different clubs and hanging out are thriving. This has also been the case during the coronavirus. 

In housing company policy, let’s take the example of the Student Village of Kortepohja. Space will be reserved for shared use in every residential area and as many apartment buildings as possible. Let’s give the housing company a financial incentive. Reduce red tape on the use of empty spaces and introduce reservation systems that show users and potential violations. The booker or the entity represented by the booker shall be fully responsible for its activities. Tenant councils with genuine decision-making powers will be established. 

Exclusion is also caused by zoning. E.g. More and more lying-looking apartment buildings have been planned for the Huhtasuo area. The more likely it is that only more poor families and immigrants should  live in new blocks of flats. Iwould like to prioritise the preservation of the football field and other outdoor activities. Single-family houses must also be zoned in such areas instead of making miserable suburbs on terms. 

In general, suitable company can be found further than the residential area, and this means that there must be opportunities for hobbies and transport connections. However, the same applies to this activity as above: no more empty spaces, promote the weekend use of schools etc. and let the space users be responsible for damages. 


-Schools and other similar buildings will be made into common multifunctional spaces with high occupancy rates with smart reservation systems. 

-Not only apartment buildings – Common areas and single-family houses are also kept in the zoning. 

-Housing company policy takes the example of the Student Village of Kortepohja. 


  1. Stoppage for school bullying

There has been a lot of bullying at school in Jyväskylä in recent years. Bullyingat school age could be prevented by keeping groupsizes small in day care and favouring family day care. The city could recommend and financially support more family day care. Children can learn interaction and emotional skills in care in peace. We also work closely with the congregations, if it is up to me. 

In schools, on the other hand, teachers need to familiarise themselves with their work and possible problems in their class well in advance. Orientation and now often hasty and fast. When bullying at school occurs, there must  be proper methods of eradicating it at every school. 

Bullying will easily continue at the next school if the circles of friends stay the same there. The family must be given the opportunity to change the area where the school is located when moving from primary school to secondary school. And finally, of bullying: with good zoning we could prevent all social problems from spilling into the same schools. Now there are certain problem schools in Jyväskylä. This is due to a certain way of zoning, which I have already mentioned. I’m going to bring change in this, too. 


Careful early childhood education prevents bullying. 

-Teachers and kindergarten teachers are properly familiarised with their work. 

-The school is changed by the perpetrator of the violence, not by the victim. Let’s make this the norm. 


Finally, You can give your confidence to this vision already in the advance voting of the Municipal elections on 26 May. Vote for the kind of candidate who is best for You; not based on popularity, ads or other superficial things. It’s Your voice that’s more expensive than gold. 

Please contact me boldly; ask about this vision or anything: marko.peltola@outlook.com 

Kristillisdemokraatit Jyväskylä
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Politician of Jyväskylä. Kuntavaaliehdokkaana Jyväskylässä.

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