Geoff Garbett

party: Green Party
constituency: Camborne and Redruth

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

organisation: Generation Rent

The current situation is nonsensical and is doing nothing but making the rich richer while potential first time buyers are forced into the arms of loosely regulated landlords. Houses should be homes not financial assets.

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

organisation: CISTA

Criminalising drug use is doing nothing to help users, is costing billions in law enforcement and punishment, and is creating a whole criminal class particularly amongst the young. It should be treated as a health issue not a criminal one. A Royal Commission, thoroughly conducted, will undoubtedly come to this conclusion so should be supported.

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

A very technical questions but I would support measures to make it much more difficult to obtain surveillance permits. It seems that almost anyone is fair game at the moment.

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

This seems a very reasonable request that should be treated reasonably and with compassion.

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

Of course!

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

Rent caps and extended tenancy agreements are core Green Party policies.

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

A very sensible suggestion, landlords should have to earn their money, not just generate income by purchsing houses.

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

Green Party policy is to build 500,000 social homes in five years.

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

Green Party would remove these benefits and use them, in part, to pay for 500,000 new social homes.

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

Another technical question and again I would suggest that the potential for the misuse of this information should drive the establishment of much tighter controls of access to information.