Louise Irvine

party: National Health Action Party
constituency: South West Surrey

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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, I would support that.

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

Yes, I would support that.

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

carers of people with dementia should be welcome in hospital throughout the time their relatives are there, as long as it does not interfere with the privacy of other patients or the work of the ward. When my son was in hospital there was a large crowd of noisy relatives around another patient's bed. It was quite disturbing for those who wanted to rest, and they got in the way of nurses doing their work. So extended presence of carers and relatives would have to be properly managed but in principle it is a very good idea that I would support.

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 support enforced minimum standards as a condition of renting. When I rented as a student we had that and it was very helpful. There was a hole in our kitchen floor and we were able to call on environmental health to assess it and ordered her to repair it. Rent controls meant that when she tried to put our rent up we were able to challenge it and in fact our rent was reduced as the condition of the flat was not considered to be good enough for the rent she was charging. We should bring back rent controls and also secure tenancies.

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

organisation: Generation Rent

Yes, house prices are too high. That is due to an imbalance between supply and demand. We need a programme of new house building to meet demand and the majority of this should be genuinely affordable social housing. Councils and housing associations should be funded and supported by legislation to build more affordable housing.

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 would support that.