Sidney Cordle

party: Christian Peoples Alliance
constituency: Erith and Thamesmead

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Should people in Scotland and Northern Ireland have the same free speech protections from libel bullies as their neighbours in England and Wales?

organisation: English PEN

Yes

Britain spends £24 billion on housing benefit and less than £1.5 billion on building homes. Do you support an increase in the social housebuilding grant to £5 billion a year to build homes?

organisation: Generation Rent

Yes but not by cutting housing benefit.

To what degree should access to information on the internet be restricted by the state or private companies?

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

I see no need for restriction at all.

Would you support the creation of a Royal Commission to review Britain’s drug laws?

organisation: CISTA

No

How would you reform surveillance law, oversight and practice to respect the rights of law-abiding people?

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

There has to be accountability in the process so those that are involved in surveillance are reporting who and why they are monitoring certain people. It is not enough simply to say it is for suspected terrorism offences, they have to explain why there is a terrorism concern and submit the evidence. Of course those that are actually plotting terrorism will want to know if they are being monitored so we have to be careful how we handle this.

The right of parents to remain with their children in hospital has been established for over forty years. How would you ensure carers of people with dementia are equally welcome in hospital?

organisation: John's Campaign

I think it should be normal practice for hospitals to make some facilities available for relatives or careers that need to or would like to stay overnight. Whether it would be by the bed of the patient is another matter. I wold not think that wold be automatic.

Recent polling show that people support rent control by a margin of nine to one. Do you support a rent control that limits rent rises between tenancies as well as during tenancies?

organisation: Generation Rent

I don't understand how this would work. If you rent a house and then move to rent another house how can there be rent control operating? Different areas even within a city can be easier to let and so get a higher premium.

The standards of goods and services that are essential, such as food and water, are generally highly regulated. Do you support enforced minimum standards in housing as a precondition of a renting?

organisation: Generation Rent

You need to explain what minimum standards yo want. WE certainly need to prevent overcrowding and we need landlords to undertake all necessary repairs within a reasonable time frame.

Governments implement policies that directly and indirectly impact on house prices. Do you think house prices are too high?

organisation: Generation Rent

Given the current market our policy is to phase out all the housing schemes that have led to rapidly rising prices. They were needed when the market was in the doldrums but they are not needed now. The Government should not artificially control prices. That would be disastrous.

Private sector landlords receive over £27bn a year in housing benefit and tax breaks. Would you support a rent tax that recouped up to a third of this to fund new housing supply?

organisation: Generation Rent

Most landlords will not rent to people on housing benefit because it takes too long for it to come through. I have three tenants who have been in my house paying nothing for a year waiting for housing benefit. There are already rules that allow a tenant to appeal if a rent is too high. What you are suggesting would mean that tenants on housing benefit who cannot get a Council House will have nowhere to live. THAT IS GUARANTEED. What tax breaks are you talking about? Offsetting the cost of repairs against the rent. Are you saying that should be stopped? If not what? I WANT AN ANSWER