Robert Dennett

party: Green Party
constituency: Fylde

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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)

If elected, it is unlikely that the Green party will be forming a Government or be part of a coalition but we will take each issue and address it when it occurs. I, personally would like to see the surveillance laws reformed as the current situation is in breach of everyone's human rights.

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

The Green Party is committed to ensuring that the NHS remains free at the point of use and to gradually bring it back into public ownership in order to stop funding being filtered off into shareholders coffers so that all of the funding is allocated to patient care. Enabling carers of patients with dementia will actually assist the service in caring for those patients so, if elected I will fight to ensure that they are equally welcome in hospitals.

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.

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

This is one of the Green Party's leading policies which I wholeheartedly support.

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

Without intimate knowledge of the costings I am unable to comment on the sum of £5billion but the Green party are committed to
Build 500,000 social rented homes by 2020 and bring empty homes back into use to ensure everyone has access to an affordable place to live. Cap rent and introduce longer tenancies to provide greater protection for renters.

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

organisation: Generation Rent

Yes.

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

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

The internet was opened to the general public to make life easier, or at least that is what we were led to believe, with access to be free subject to the costs for the use of the telecommunications services through which we gain access so my answer to this question is that the Government and companies should not be in a position to restrict our access.

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

organisation: CISTA

Yes