Chris von Ruhland

party: Green Party
constituency: Cardiff Central

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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 see no reason why carers of people with dementia should not be afforded the same rights as parent, in this respect and should be catered for in the same way.

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 would increase this to £6bn per year in the lifetime of Parlaiment

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 on the internet should not restricted by either the state of private companies. If anybody has secrets, they shouldn't put them where they can be accessed.

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

organisation: CISTA

Yes. In my view, prohibition does not work, not has it ever, as far as drugs are concerned. All that has happened is that money from illicit drugs ends up in the hands of organised crime and terrorists, and the market is flooded with legal highs, of dubious provenance and poorly defined pharmacology and toxicity. The war on drugs has been an utter failure, by any measure and a review of drug legislation is long overdue.

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 would like to see annual rent increases linked to the Consumer Price Index and the establishment of a Living Rent Commission to explore whether controls could bring rents in line with average income.

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

organisation: Generation Rent

House prices are far too high. When house price inflation occurs, it is considered a 'buoyant' market. Increasing house prices reduce mobility, preventing people from buying the lowest priced housing. There is also a serious lack of affordable housing, which maintains high house prices. This needs to be addressed by a massive increase in the supply of both social and affordable accommodation.

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

I would like to see tax breaks for landlords removed and housing benefits for all ages groups brought in line with average market rents.

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

Specific surveillance should be proportionate, necessary, effective and within the rule of law, with independent judicial approval and genuine parliamentary oversight. I would oppose any mass surveillance.

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 would introduce a mandatory licensing scheme for landlords and ensure that minimum standards of accommodation are enforced as a pre-condition of renting.

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. Free speech is a universal right. It is an opinion, that's all.