Alistair Polson

party: Green Party
constituency: Bethnal Green and Bow

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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


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. Linked to cost of living.

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

I think the Green Party plans are for more than that, £6b per year. Mainly paid by ending the tax break on buy to rent mortgages which currently costs £5.4b per year.

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

Access to information should only be restricted to prevent the commission or incitement of criminal offences.

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

I believe that we should work harder to keep people out of hospital generally, but people who will find the disorientation particularly distressing. However if it is required then we should have much more routine availability of facilities for carers to stay, i.e. rooms they can share.

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

All surveillance should be based on the existence of reasonable grounds to suspect that a criminal offence is being committed. There should be no class surveillance, nor surveillance based on personal characteristics such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religious belief etc.

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, and so I support a register for landlords. So bad landlords can be struck off an unable to rent legally in the future.

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

organisation: Generation Rent

Yes. And the Green Party has a full set of policies designed to match supply to demand and thereby reduce the cost both of purchase and rent. We would also regulate the private rental sector far more rigorously to keep rents down and affordable.

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

And also tax breaks on buy to rent mortgages! We would end the right to buy mortgage tax break. I am not so certain about an additional tax on rental which might just be passed on to tenants. However we support rent capping.

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

organisation: CISTA

Yes! I believe in decriminalisation of possession of most drugs and drug addicts to be treated as needed medical care, not criminal sanctions.