Candidates Challenged By Liberate

15th May 2018
Equality campaigners Liberate has been lobbying election candidates to find out where they stand on social issues.
They’ve been asking all the prospective politicians questions on diversity, equality and inclusion.
Chairman Vic Tanner-Davy explains why they approached the candidates.
“Our intention of sending the survey round was really just to put some more information out there for people who are interested in those particular issues, to have a look at our survey results, see what they feel and therefore make up their mind on who they might vote for.”
The questions that saw the greatest agreement by respondents were:
  • Would you support a change to individual personal taxation rather than the system at present of joint taxation of married couples and those in civil partnerships? (This would make no difference to the amount of income tax collected.) (93.62% of respondents said, yes)
  • Would you support the introduction of a system that allows a transgender individual to self-report their gender to the Royal Court in order to register their recognised gender legally (in much the same way that a change of name by deed poll is self-reported and passed through the Royal Court in order to register the change of name legally)? (92.11% of respondents said, yes)
  • Jersey Association of Carers estimates that one in seven people are currently fulfilling an unpaid caring role. Would you support a carers’ law (similar to the Care Act in the UK) that sets out carers’ legal rights to assessment and support, and values carers properly for the work they do and the financial burden they remove from government? (97.50% of respondents said, yes)
  • Evidence shows that the oldest members of society can gain significant physical, mental and emotional health benefits from being with the youngest members of society. Would you support a joined-up approach to day care provision for the over 65s and under 5s that created/enabled centres caring for both groups simultaneously? (95.00% of respondents said, yes)
Other questions that split the candidates included how to solve the gender and disability pay gap, with many candidates selecting preferred approaches and others suggesting their own.
The topic of adultery also divided opinion.
You can see all the results by clicking here.

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