Geoffrey Bastin

party: UK Independence Party (UKIP)
constituency: Bexhill and Battle

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

I believe the existing legislation to be adequate. To counter illegal activity it needs to be maintained at a suitably high level.

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 so as to be fair to both landlord and tenant.

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

Internet information should be most readily available particularly from government departments. Private companies should be afforded more restrictions but not to the determent of those wishing to access legitimate trading information.

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

It is not possible to allow Carers the same facilities as people with young children. Flexible visiting hours should be sufficient with waiting/sitting areas.

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. Scotland and Northern Ireland are part of the UK so the same should apply. Just because they have devolved parliaments and in the case of Scotland their own legal system it should not matter.

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

organisation: Generation Rent

Yes. They are far too high and these prices have been driven by easy credit and foreign and speculative investment. Instead of having to pay stamp duty on purchase it would be fairer to charge capital gains tax on the sale within a ten year ownership of say 30%. Property has become a market because of low interest rates. An interest rate rise to say 5% would also help but would be resisted by all those with vested interests.

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 as long as it didn't reduce the amount of housing for rent.

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 but it should not be done that will eventually lead to less rented accommodation becoming available. It could be re-assessed on a bi-annual basis or as tenancies change.

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. The problem arises because our house builders are private companies and history has shown that large scale house building must be driven from central government and not from those with land banks and vested interests.