David Flint

party: Green Party
constituency: Enfield North

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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


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

Please see policy in our manifesto.

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

organisation: Generation Rent

Much too high (and I am a home owner).

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

I would strengthen the powers of the Information Commissioner and restrict the rights of the security services to collect vast amounts of data 'just in case'.

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

The same principles should apply as to information in traditional media. Restrictions on grounds of defamation, invasion of privacy and national security may be proper but there must be a way to challenge decisions in the courts.
Major Internet companies should have common carrier status - required to serve all equally and not responsible for content until instructed by proper authority.

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 would introduce landlord licensing and use that to raise standards.

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

organisation: CISTA

Yes. Our drugs laws are a nonsense and counter-productive. Reform is Green Party policy.

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

No. Landlords pay income tax on their profits and are allowed, like other businesses, to deduct their costs. I do not support a higher rate of tax on those profits or specially unfavourable rules on costs.
I understand your frustration but I think you should be targeting the failure of successive governments to build enough houses.

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

It's our policy to replace ASTs with secure tenancies lasting 5 years. We would limits rises during that 5 years - probably to RPI - but allow renegotiation at the end.

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

When my mother was in hospital with dementia this didn't seem to be a big problem - I'm sure others have different experiences. Would this require hospitals to provide overnight accommodation for carers? Could get very expensive.