The Big Issues
- Our general health care services are completely inadequate. xB wants to examine the possibility of having the municipality take over the operations and management of our health care services at HSS with a service contract with the Ministry of Welfare.
- xB wants to make a contract of advancement with all teachers in Reykjanesbær.
- The government has made a profit of 11 billion ISK from properties from the old NATO base, now Ásbrú. xB wants all parties to unite in negotiating with the government to ensure that these profits are funneled back into the community to fund necessary infrastructure development in the area. We also want the municipality to become a shareholder in Kadeco, the development company for Ásbrú, to ensure the interests of our residents.
- Not all of us have the same support network. Therefore we need to find ways to bridge the gap in daycare from the end of parental leave until children can get into daycare. We want to start plans for a nursery to increase daycare options for parents and ensure that all families can get the daycare services they need.
- xB is completely against all polluting large scale industry and we are committed to abide by the decision of a resident poll regarding changes to land use plans for the United Silicon operations in Helguvík. We also want to find ways to void the municipality’s contract with Thorsil.
- xB wants to explore the benefits of uniting all sport and hobby activities, that currently do not have permanent housing, under one roof in the Rammi building in Njarðvík. This would also enable the municipality to stop renting properties for these activities in the open market.
- xB wants to set up neighborhood councils for all parts of Reykjanesbær to better connect residents with the town’s administration.
We’d Love to Talk With You
Come and meet us to find out more about what we want to do for you and our town. Tell us what is important to you. We need to hear from you so that we can make Reykjanesbæ the best it can possibly be for all of us!
You can visit us at Hafnargata 62 any time in the final week before the elections between 17:00-19:00.
On Friday May 25th we will be there until late in the evening with live music and a cosy atmosphere.
And of course, we will be open during the election day on May 26th.
You can also always send us a message through the message form which you will find at the bottom of this page (the box in the middle, name, email and message ;)).
We look forward to speaking with you.
Jóhann, Díana, Halldóra, Trausti, Bjarni and all the others at xB
Bring Health Care Services Closer to Residents
All of us are aware that the Suðurnes Health Center (HSS) has not been performing its duties as it should. A public enquiry by the Directorate of Health showed a poor state of affairs which we cannot accept. General Practitioner services are limited at the same time that in Reykjavik there has been great emphasis on improving them.
Access to health care is a basic human right and the purpose of local health care services is to ensure that every Icelandic citizen has adequate health care in their local area.
xB wants to examine the feasibility of having our municipality take over the operations and management of our health care services at HSS with a service contract with the Ministry of Welfare.
This was successfully done in Akureyri from 1997-2012 when the health care services were run by the town’s welfare department. This shows precedence for this kind of arrangement and was shown to decrease the need for hospital beds and spaces at retirement homes. This also created further collaboration in various areas of welfare, such as health promoting visits to senior citizens, a professional council for family protection services, consultations and specialized domestic services for people with disabilities.
Should we reach beneficial contracts with the government that could allow for more comprehensive services. The objective would be to reduce hospital time, increase the health care services involvement in the community, increase services levels, improve mental health services and the public health of the residents of Reykjanesbær.
Contract of Advancement with Teachers
Teachers’ wages have been in disarray for a long time and we are now facing a teacher shortage. Reykjanesbær has seen great results when it comes to education and it is important to ensure that this continues. We have competent and passionate teachers which cannot be valued highly enough.
xB wants Reykjanesbær to enter into a contract of advancement with all teachers in the municipality. This would involve teachers signing a letter of intent to teach for Reykjanesbær for the next 4 years. This letter of intent is first and foremost symbolic but collaboration and trust between teachers, school administrators, parents and the municipality is a prerequisite for the advancement of education.
Reykjanesbær would pay all trained teachers an advancement fee of ISK 500.000 at the beginning of the fall semester 2018 and then annually for the following 3 years. The contract would take effect immediately irrespective of other official wage agreements.
The estimated cost of this is ISK 150-200 per year but Reykjanesbær’s total expenditure for education is an estimated 4 billion in 2018.
Necessary Correction at Ásbrú
xB finds it totally unacceptable for the government to profit from the disaster we experienced when the US Air Force left in 2006. The situation needs to be corrected by making Reykjanesbær a shareholder in Kadeco, the development company for Ásbrú, to ensure the future interests of the residents of Reykjanesbær, as should have been done from the start.
It is now clear that the government’s profits from property sales in the area is about 11 billion ISK. There are still considerable amounts of funds in Kadeco, which also receives income from land rent of about 130 million ISK per year.
xB wants a correction to take place and for all parties to unite to negotiate with the government to ensure that these profits are funneled back into the community to fund necessary infrastructure development in the area.
Resident Poll Regarding Silicon Plants in Helguvík
xB is a green party. Polluting large scale industries should not be placed near residential areas. xB is a party of industrial development but we must make sure that this development is environmentally friendly and will not have adverse effects on the health of people or animals.
The tragic story of United Silicon operations in Helguvík is a warning to us all that we must do better. Supervisory authorities, our municipality and investors made a series of mistakes that now have serious consequences which still have not been fully realized.
The environment matters to us all. Decisions about large scale industry need to be taken with everyone’s interests at heart. xB thinks that big decisions, such as these, should be taken by the residents themselves. We therefore support a resident poll regarding changes to land use plans for the United Silicon operations in Helguvík and we are committed to abide by the resident’s decision. xB wants to find ways to void all contracts with the Thorsil silicon plant as they have not honored the provision of the concession contracts made with them and the environmental impact of their operations are unclear.
xB wants to explore the benefits of uniting all sport and hobby activities, that currently do not have permanent housing, under one roof in the Rammi building in Njarðvík. The Rammi Center would be well situated at Fitjar, between Njarðvík and Innri Njarðvík where there has been a large increase in population and the area is in dire need of better services.
Transportation to and from Rammi would need to be ensured, but the building already has plenty of parking. There would also be synergies in the sharing of staff and various facilities. Combat sports, dance and other activities could use these facilities and they could be expanded as needed.
A needs and cost analysis would need to be done for those activities which would use the facilities. Rammi is now owned by Fasteign. The project would require considerable funds but it would be a long term project.
Nursery as an Option for Families
For most of us, the time when we are starting a family, having children and building our homes is the time when we are under the most financial strain. Daycare is expensive, particularly when parents’ incomes have been reduced during parental leave. xB wants to level out the costs of daycare whether families are using the services or childminders or kindergarten. It’s simply a matter of fairness. We do not all have the same kind of support network and therefore we need to find ways to bridge the gap in daycare from the end of parental leave until children can get into daycare.
xB wants to start plans for a nursery and thereby increase daycare options and ensure that all families can get the daycare services they need.
Neighborhood Councils in Reykjanesbær
Increased citizen participation in the democratic process results in a stronger and better society. xB believes that we should set up neighborhood councils in each of Reykjanesbær’s neighborhoods to better connect residents with the town’s administration. Each part of Reykjanesbær would have a council appointed for two years at a time. The councils would become an important arena for residents to influence their own environment. Amongst the council’s projects would be planning issues, social activities and various projects. The councils would meet four times a year and the meeting records would be published on reykjanesbaer.is.
Increase Support for Students of Foreign Nationalities
Today, about 22% of our residents come from other countries. We want to ensure that all children get the education they deserve, irrespective of where they are from originally. To do this, we need to increase support for teachers and students in both kindergartens and our schools.
Increase Multicultural Activities
Reykjanesbær is a multicultural community which provides a wealth of opportunities.
We want to find ways to increase the cultural involvement of our residents of other nationalities. This can be done by further promoting our Multicultural Day and include events such as a food festival where residents, chefs and restaurants take part. We could even get Sambíó to show foreign films, giving our foreign nationals a chance to keep in touch with their roots.
Vertu í bandi!
Hafnargata 62, 230 Reykjanesbæ