Toby Pereira

party: Independent
constituency: Braintree

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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

I certainly do.

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

I think restriction should be minimal, but where sites are inciting criminal activity then there is an argument for blocking access.

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

I would want a full and open review into what surveillance is necessary and what should be legal, particularly when it comes to internet access and mobile phone communication. I think that, generally speaking, specific permission should be sought through a court to obtain information, rather than open access by the authorities by default.

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 think there should be equality in these cases, and I would not even restrict this to just children and those with dementia. It should apply to everyone.

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

I believe in equality of law across the UK, so yes, they should have the same protections.

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

organisation: CISTA

Something certainly needs to be done because the current "war on drugs" isn't working, so a Royal Commission sounds reasonable.

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

It sounds like a reasonable idea in principle, but I don't want to commit to supporting such specific legislation that is new to me.

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

organisation: Generation Rent

I do think they are too high. Having a home isn't an optional lifestyle choice. Everyone needs somewhere to live. However, I don't think it's essential to own a home as opposed to rent (although I do resent money including housing benefits going to private landlords), but costs are still very high at the moment.

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 certainly think that much more needs to be spent on building houses, but I could not commit to a specific figure at the moment. But I probably would support it.

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

I think this sounds reasonable. However, more generally, I do not like concept of private landlords, where someone gains more wealth through simply having wealth in the first place, and it is a driver of inequality. I would want to move to a situation where we fully nationalised the housing rental market.