Hazel Thorpe

party: Liberal Democrats
constituency: Worthing West

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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)

I would support my (Liberal Democrat) Party in getting rid of the use of mosquito devices which only impact of young people, Stop and search practices would be revised, we repealed the section 44 powers replacing them with more limited powers to prevent discrimination and CCTV and body cameras more positively promoted ensuring that the public are aware of them , but not intimidated by their use . Prevention of perceived crime not harassment of individuals .

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 , without a doubt . As yet we are still the UK and should have comparable protections across the Countries.

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 I believe that people need to have security of tenure, know what their bills are likely to be and are able to balance their own finances. I think though that any rent control should be in line with inflation.

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

The degree to which I believe my information should be accessed would be only on the need to know, and only if it was deemed a security risk to the Country as whole. I don' t agree with the Snooper' s Charter . I don't think the Government or private companies or anyone other than me should be able to use my personal data. My Party would introduce Digital Bill of Rights to protect people's privacy but not the expense of national security

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

organisation: CISTA

Very much so , if this meant that certain drugs were re classified under the medicinal criteria and that as My(LD) Party advises they are investigated under the Health Department and not the Home Office.

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

In my Town of Worthing , we have a scheme to make it a Dementia Friendly place working alongside voluntary organisations. I am Dementia Friend, and would promote understanding wherever possible. My Party has devised a Carer's passport and policies to promote improved well being for carers. We beive that they are an amazing humans resource of experience, knowledge and skills. They know their client best and being made welcome in hospitals can only be an improvement for the moral and social wellbeing for all clients.

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

In my Town, I would dearly like to see flats and rented properties being of a good standard of comfort, damp free and energy efficient. WE have too man that don't match up t this ideal in the private sector. Our RSL s are much better . I have initiated an energy switch to help residents keep their cost of living down but there is along way to go with awareness. If minimum standards could be agreed and legislated for , and enforced I would welcome them. I strongly believe that tenants of all groups should have a decent place t live it , as it would have an enormous positive knock on effect on the morale and confidence to work etc.

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

organisation: Generation Rent

YES . If the people on average wages can't afford to buy a modest property in their own area than the prices are too high. I believe this has happened because developers , investors , banks and mortgage lenders all have a vested interest. In Worthing we have no room for flexibilityt with affordable housing, certain Tories say Worthing doesn't need 30% and 25 % is high enough ! We have a high level on investment £1 million apartments and second homes but not a lot of affordable family properties. But we have a high level of need in the Town, and the average wage doesn't assist people to get on either the rented or the buying ladder. Which is why I am so pleased that the Lib Dems are recommending rent to buy schemes which will help younger people get started.

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

Anything which enables more flow in the housing market , either private, rented or social has to be benefit. However I suspect that the landlords will feel hard done by and find some way of escaping the tax. Also one has to be careful if one wants higher standards of property , it doesn't seem fair to expect higher standards of physical built environment and then tax the same people who have made those improvements. A form of licensing would be better in my view, especially given that a cap on rents is said not to work as rents would be higher to makeup the shortfall. The scheme couldn't be a blanket one. It has to take into account the impact on the tenants ultimately.

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

The short answer is yes because we need my affordable homes. It would certainly benefit our Town. Our Town has RSL led housing and one of the RSls is being supported by the council tax payers to the tune of £10 million. The council is borrowing the money to lend to the RSL to build more homes to help meet our targets. Building homes doesn't only rely on funding though we have very little space left not a greenfield site to build upon. Personally I welcome new homes in the right area because just one new or revamped house means employment for over 100 occupations from interior design to white goods and it is good for our economy.