Ian Baxter

party: Scottish Green Party
constituency: Midlothian

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

Surveillance must only be allowed where a clear case has been made that its benefits to the wider community justify any restrictions put in place. The presumption must be on privacy.

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

Once a person has been officially diagnosed with dementia, anyone designated as a carer should automatically be given such rights.

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

Yes. There needs to be more regulation of landlords.

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

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.

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

organisation: Generation Rent

Yes. However, this would be better addressed by provision of more social housing and working to reduce rents, reducing the demand for buying houses.

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

I can think of no reason why restrictions should be placed by the state or private companies.

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

There certainly needs to be a shift from subsidising landlords to providing affordable alternatives.

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

organisation: CISTA

Yes, there are many inconsistencies in our laws and attitudes to legal and illegal substances.