Better and more consistent policy
No matter on which governmental level, the elections are every four years. This means that every four years, new people make decisions on policy. This could ensure consistent policy. However, on all governmental levels, we see that this is not happening. When there are concerns within society about certain issues, the government is usually more than ready to throw money at it and change the policy-course. We think it is important to look for nuance, keep calm and think about the issue again to find suitable measures and construct sound policy based on research. This is not happening, while the Netherlands is hitting against issues that keep getting bigger: for example, around climate change, healthcare, biodiversity, polarization, and trust. For large problems like these, long term plans are necessary in combination with short-term plans. That is why consistent policy is essential for a better Wageningen.
The municipality serves her citizens. Think about the request for a permit, debt assistance or poverty reduction policy. These are decisions that the municipality makes which can have a great impact on the life of a citizen. We all know the example of the child benefits scandal or people who were cut short on their benefits because their mother was helping them out with groceries. People’s lives can be completely devastated like this. Processes and procedures should be clear, simple and understandable for citizens and civil servants alike. Human scale and honesty should be part of the culture within the municipality. Citizens should be able to expect, beforehand, what the municipality does and when. Also, civil servants should not be tempted to apply rules and policy randomly, and report any issues without fear of consequences.