Hugh Annand

party: Liberal Democrats
constituency: Welwyn Hatfield

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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.

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

organisation: Generation Rent

Yes.

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

I'd certainly be willing to look into it.

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

It shouldn't.

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

Eh? What protection from libel bullies to English people enjoy? I rather thought it was the other way round. Libel law in England is a mess that serves only the rich and powerful. It needs major reform.

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

This needs to be looked at very carefully to avoid the law of unintended consequences.

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

Liberal Democrats in government have vetoed the so-called 'snoopers' charter'. We have no plans to reintroduce it in the next Parliament.

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. Liberal Democrats also want to support the building of new affordable homes through our Rent to Own policy (see Party website for details).

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

organisation: CISTA

Yes.