Steven Agnew

party: Green Party
constituency: North Down

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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 - I believe that it is regrettable that the NI Executive chose not to update our libel laws in line with England & Wales.

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

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 - I think that it is vital that private landlords be expected to comply with regulations that ensure that their tenants live in good quality homes with high minimum standards of energy efficiency.

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

The focus of housing policy should be to increase the stock of social and affordable homes. I have concerns that some parties appear to be trying to recreate the housing boom that was a significant cause of the financial crash and has been evidenced to be an unsustainable way in which to grow the economy.

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 would be interested in learning more about this proposal.

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

There should be a presumption against state intervention on the intervention and a high threshold of public interest should apply such as the protection of children from abuse. I cannot envisage a scenario whereby private companies should be able to restrict information on the internet.

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

organisation: CISTA

I think that sufficient evidence has been gathered to show there is a need to reform UK drug laws and that it is now political will for change which is needed.