Kelly-Marie Blundell

party: Liberal Democrats
constituency: Guildford

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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


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

organisation: CISTA

Yes. One Hundred Percent.

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

Civil liberties are the foundation of a free society in which you are able to fulfil your potential. In an age of increasing threats from different conflict zones, it is a difficult balance to ensure police have surveillance adequate to prevent attacks, and people retain privacy and civil liberties. I have worked extensively with parliamentarians to ensure law is respectful of peoples' individual freedoms and will continue to do so.

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

Something I really dislike is how 'Apps' and 'Cookies' track all of your information while claiming to be 'free'. Yet we know they make money out of obtaining information about individuals who give it up. I'd like to see more education on how our information is used, and indeed an extention of Freedom of Information and Data Protection to all private firms. This transparency would counter issues with companies accessing information. And if someone makes money out of my choice of shopping website, I want a cut!

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. We have recently proposed a Landlord Accreditation Scheme in Guildford Borough which will require all rented accomodation to meet a minimum standard.

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 is simply economics. We have had a derth of house building over the last 30 years, resulting in a housing shortage and driving up prices. The housing and development market is now on the knife edge between not providing enough housing and risking peoples' house values falling. An unenviable one. In Guildford we are commiteed to providing housing for every section of our communities, brown field first, and making sure we do not have excessive urban density.

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 prefer the onus was placed on directly elected councils to utilise all money gained from 'right to buy' to invest in more housing. The failure of councils around the country to do this has lead to housing problems in the South and South East

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

No, as before, I want councils to use the money they have from selling homes through 'right to buy' to build housing. This should be adequate to build, without needing an additional and substantial fund.

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

No. The problem with limiting rents is mortgage control. With buy-to-let mortgages, we as a society moved away from wealthy, indeed modern day 'feaudalism' in landlords. By limiting rent, you limit a less affluent person's ability to become a landlord and it will result in a return to only the rich owning properties to rent.
Better to tackle housing supply, often held back by 'NIMBYism' and bring house prices down.
The Lib Dems have also proposed a Rent-to-own scheme helping people get on the housing ladder without substantial deposits.