Martin Collins

party: Green Party
constituency: North Tyneside

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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)

To be honest I don't know. The complexities of this are daunting and although I am concerned I have no answer as yet.

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 - need I say anything more?

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

No, because I think it could backfire. I would prefer to see a situation where people didn't have to claim housing benefit.

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

organisation: CISTA

It is essential to reform our drug laws and I am not sure that a commission is needed to tell us what we already know. It has been proved time and again that prohibition doesn't work and indeed glamorises the thing that is the subject of the prohibition. We must take drugs out of the criminals hands and get them under the remit of health while controlling their distribution via the tax & revenue system.

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

People with dementia should not be in hospital unless they are ill (other than just suffering with dementia). They should be given care in properly equipped establishment, be that their home or in a home. That includes their carers as not having people around them who they don't recognise and who do not know their little way can cause great distress so yes carars should be welcome in hospital.
You may like to know that we are actively exploring the establishment of a 'College of Carers' along the line of the Royal Colleges to provide a professional base to both professional and family carers so boosting their standing in our society.

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

Only to the extent that provides protection to Children and other vulnerable members of society. There is also a role to protect us against criminal activity from the state (any state), private companies and any other crook who want's to part us from our property.

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. If a tenant is paying for a service then it is the duty of the landlord to provide good, safe living space. This means that a set of defined standards are required that the tenant and landlord can both work to.

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

organisation: Generation Rent

Certainly in London they are. However, if we have a privet housing system then it wil be governed by the market. It is far more important to create new social housing, both for sale and especially for rent, built to sound ecological principals.

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

As I believe in devolution I believe that the Scots and the Northern Irish must make their own decisions on these matters. However, as they are part of the UK (for now) there should be a common degree of freedoms across the all the nations of the union.