Stephen Worrall

party: Liberal Democrats
constituency: High Peak

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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 don't feel I know enough about the situation to answer this question properly.

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, in my opinion, ideally never be restricted by the state or private companies. I imagine that there will be an example or two that I could be shown where I would think that some restriction would be necessary but as a general rule freedom of access to information is of vital importance in a democracy.

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 absolutely support an increase in the social housebuilding grant. We need more social housing urgently.

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

The Liberal Democrats would implement a second Freedoms Bill and a Digital Bill of Rights that I feel would go a long way to respecting the rights of law-abiding people. These measures would include tightening CCTV regulation, prevent heavy handed policing and that civil and personal rights we enjoy in the "real world" also apply online

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

We must establish the same right for carers of people with dementia. I believe that this could be done as part of the Liberal Democrats commitment to vastly improving mental health care in the next five years.

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, freedom of speech is of paramount importance.

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 do support minimum standards in housing as a precondition of renting and the Liberal Democrat manifesto does already include some in terms of energy efficiency. It also includes a mechanism for tenants to get rent back from their landlords when those standards are not being met or when their health is being compromised.

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

organisation: Generation Rent

As someone renting myself at the moment, yes. The "help to buy" scheme has I know been useful to some of my peers in getting on the housing ladder but it has been applied to widely, to houses of too great a value and needs to be focused more.

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 am unsure on rent controls, I think if poorly thought out they could make the situation worse rather than better. The better way in my opinion to keep rents low is to increase supply with far more social and affordable house building.

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

organisation: CISTA

Absolutely yes, our drug laws are out of date and needed reforming as soon as possible.