Daisy Blench

party: Green Party
constituency: North Herefordshire

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

organisation: Generation Rent

I think the shortage of homes is one of the reasons that house prices are two high and

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

The Green Party would support and protect Internet freedom as far as possible and would limit the censoring or takedown of content or activity to exceptional circumstances, clearly set out within a comprehensive legal framework.

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

We would oppose any case for secret unaccountable mass surveillance of the type exposed by Edward Snowden. We do accept that government law enforcement agencies may occasionally need to intercept communications in specific circumstances. Such specific surveillance should be proportionate, necessary, effective and within the rule of law, with independent judicial approval and genuine parliamentary oversight. We would follow human rights judgements limiting surveillance and data retention and support the EU’s proposals to strengthen data protection laws against opposition from large US data-driven companies.

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

The Green Party has committed to proper investment in dementia services, ensuring that support is available for all affected by this debilitating disease, including families and carer's and as part of this I suggest that perhaps some of this funding might go towards making it easier and more comfortable for carers of those with dementia to remain with people in hospital as well as working with groups who are pushing for this.

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

As someone who rents myself I think that renters get a very bad deal in this country. We need to make sure that renting is once again a safe, stable and comfortable prospect for people rather than just an unstable, expensive option as it is currently for many. The Green Party would introduce a mandatory licensing scheme for landlords to enforce better standards, a cap on rental prices, increase the number of fixed long term tenancies and set up a Living Rent Commission to explore whether controls could bring rents more in line with average income.

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

The Green Party would abolish landlord perks, such as tax deductions against a variety of expenditures, including mortgage interest relief. Ending mortgage interest tax relief alone will raise £5.8 billion a year and we would put this towards funding our committment to build 500,000 socially rented homes which will help to meet the shortage in social housing and reduce the amount being laid out in housing benefit.

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

Completely agree that it is wrong for government to be paying out so much in housing benefit whilst failing to take action to build the social housing we need. The Green Party would provide 500,000 social rented homes to high sustainability standards by increasing the social housing budget from £1.5 billion a year to £6 billion a year in the lifetime of the Parliament, by ending the tax relief landlords currently get on buy to let mortgages and removing borrowing caps from local councils, and creating 35,000 jobs.

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

We would reform the private rented sector by introducing a ‘living rent’ tenancy (including five-year fixed tenancy agreements), smart rent control that caps annual rent increases linked to the Consumer Price Index, security of tenancy and local not-for-profit letting agencies, and abolish letting agents’ fees and insurance-based deposit schemes.

We would also set up a Living Rent Commission to explore whether controls could bring rents more in line with local average incomes.

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

organisation: CISTA

Yes, I think that it has been shows that criminalising those that use drugs is ineffective and our current policies are not working.

The Green Party would ensure that drug addiction as a health problem rather than a crime, making drugs policy the responsibility of the Department of Health in order to ensure that resources are targeted at supporting, not punishing, drug users. We would adopt an evidence-based approach to the step-by-step regulation, starting with cannabis, of the drugs currently banned under the Misuse of Drugs Act as well as ‘legal highs’, with a view to introducing a system that reduces harms and brings the market under state control as a potential tax revenue generator. A Royal Commission or similar body would be established to review currently controlled drug classifications, within a legalised environment of drug use.