Sandra Walmsley

party: Green Party
constituency: South West Norfolk

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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

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

I believe in open access to the internet.

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

If that is desired by the people of Scotland and Northern Ireland then they should have them.

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

Green Party policy is to intrduce rent control to stabilise the rental market. Rises should be restricted during and between tenancies.

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

The grant has been massively reduced by this government contributing significantly to the shortage of social housing. The Green Party would not only increase the grant but would also enable local authorities to borrow to build.

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

organisation: Generation Rent

The housing markets are broken. Houses have been encouraged to become financial assets rather than homes. Successive government policies have added to the problem as has irresponsible elending. Encouraging housing as investment has inflated house prices causing financial insecurity.

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

The Green Party is not proposing a rent tax but we are proposing removing tax benefits of renting and by rent control we would anticipate that the subsidisation of private landlords by tax payers through Housing Benefit would be eliminated.

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

organisation: CISTA

Yes. Governments have been afraid to make sensible decisions on drugs due to fear of being seen to be "soft on drugs." A Royal Commission would enable them to change the laws with the backing of an independent body.