Mark Wadsworth

party: Young People's Party YPP
constituency: Epping Forest

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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 think that the UK government is getting it 'about right' at the moment, although possibly they are prying a bit more than I'd like if I knew how much they really are prying.

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. Although England and Wales are hardly shining beacons of free speech.

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.

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

Yes of course. Social housing pays for itself, it doesn't really cost anything in the long run, or at least, it is a lot cheaper than paying Housing Benefit.

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

organisation: Generation Rent

Yes, much too high. This is central to the Young People Party's manifesto - getting house prices down and wages up by shifting taxes from wages to residential land.

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

They get only about £10 bn a year in housing benefit,. But yes, they are given the same tax reliefs as self-employment income (mainly interest) but taxed the same as investment income (no National Insurance), which is an outrage, and they are taxed at much lower rates than employment income, which is an outrage. But the best tax on rent is a tax on all rents i.e. Land Value Tax

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

As little as possible.

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

organisation: CISTA

YPP would legalise softer drugs straight away, cannabis, mushrooms, ecstasy. Not so sure about heroin, cocaine and LSD. We would not legalise crack.