Martin Bartos

party: Scottish Green Party
constituency: Glasgow North

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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.

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 support a radical increase in funding of social housebuilding.

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

organisation: CISTA

Yes

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

The liberating age of information we now live in depends on the unfettered access of people to the shared common resources of knowledge. I start from a position where this access should be unfettered and I believe that a network connection should be like a water tap - we should add filters to it by *our choice*. That said, I recognise that there is a role for society (and the 'state' which should be its enabling servant, not its director) to address hate speech, to pursue evidence of criminality and to protect privacy. I can therefore imagine there may be circumstances where the state may have an interest in information access but any intervention must be proportionate, with judicial oversight and compliant with human rights principles and legislation.

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

This is an important question given the Snowden revelations - but it is not one for which I have a specific answer so much as a set of principles: there needs to be greater public debate over governance and transparency of scrutiny, scrutiny must involve enabling critics to explore - not simply apologists to excuse, independent judicial oversight is vital but there may well be a role for an IPCC type structure with adequate resourcing because the question of who guards the guards is as applicable for intelligence services as it is for the police. As an MP I would support the Don't Spy on Us principles when looking at reforms.

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

organisation: Generation Rent

Yes, but more specifically I think that the cost of living arising from accommodation is too high and currently without some government interference with the housing market, the market is becoming one where speculation and commercial exploitation of the large-scale insecurity of tenure of living space (be it through lack of property ownership, lack of secure private tenancy or lack of social housing) is keeping an entire generation dependent on their parents or in accommodation insecurity. Its a bigger problem than just high house-prices - though these are part of that problem.

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. Housing Benefit should not be an indefinite cash cow for private landlords - it should be a means of supporting people's housing needs.

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

This matter is almost certainly devolved to the Scottish Parliament. I would however be sympathetic to measures which would support the ability of carers to maximise time with their loved ones. How this can be achieved given the existing building configurations and resources I do not know but I am sure my Green colleagues and I would be open to examining suggestions.

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 do believe it's important to update defamation in Scotland to have the safeguards for science and public interest that the rest of the UK jurisdictions experience. To the extent that this would be appropriate for an MP to be involved with, as opposed to an MSP, I would support this if elected.