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Candidates questioned on equality

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AS the candidates make their final push for votes, nominees have been asked a number of questions about equality and inclusion by the group Liberate.

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The equality charity sent a questionnaire to all 77 candidates running in the election – with 49 having responded.

The survey’s topics included how to help non-Jersey workers integrate into the Island, the future of civil partnerships now that same-sex marriage laws had been passed and the living wage – a wage that is high enough so that a person can maintain a normal standard of living.

The candidates were almost unanimously in favour of the introduction of a carer’s law to set out a person’s legal rights when it comes to living with support, with 97.5 per cent of respondents answering in favour.

Only St Brelade Constable-elect Mike Jackson said he was not in favour as he did not feel the issue was something that could be ‘enshrined in law as circumstances vary so greatly’.

A total of 95 per cent of candidates who responded said that they would support joint day-care provision centres for over 65s and under fives.

Vic Tanner Davy, chief executive of Liberate, said: ‘Liberate first surveyed election candidates in 2014 and we had a good response then, so we thought we would repeat the exercise this year. We are delighted that 49 candidates took the time to reply and that a number of others were interested enough to take a look at the survey questions.

‘We hope that the addition of the survey results to the information that is already out there about candidates’ views will assist the electorate with their choice of candidate. Some of these issues have been touched on in candidates’ manifestos, but the talk at the hustings has, unsurprisingly, not been about minority and inclusion issues.

‘If you are someone from a minority and would like a candidate that will support your particular case, then you need to know which candidates are likely to do that for you.’

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The full results are available at liberate.je/election18.

Meanwhile, the Jersey Consumer Council has also issued a questionnaire to candidates about issues such as food costs, pricing transparency and customer services.

Consumer Council chairman Carl Walker said: ‘More than ever before, the views of consumers in this Island need to be taken seriously and pushed up the agenda – none more so than in the States Chamber itself.

‘Therefore, the answers the candidates give to our Consumers’ Political Promise will allow the electorate to judge for themselves who will best represent their views in the States before they make their way to the polling stations.’

The responses to that survey can be found at jerseyconsumercouncil.org.je.

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