Allan Todd

party: Green Party
constituency: Copeland

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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

Don't know what the practicalities are/ would be - but the request is one I fully support.

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

Absolutely.

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

Absolutely!

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

Absolutely - see my comments to a previous question on standards.

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

organisation: CISTA

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 - the Green Party is in fact committed to an increase of 500,000 new social housing units.

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

In general, I support internet freedom - and am thus opposed to disproportionate or unaccountable censorship.

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

Totally oppose secret & unaccountable mass surveillance - any surveillance must be within the law, with independent judicial approval & with complete parliamentary oversight. We need a law on this issue which is based on human rights.

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

organisation: Generation Rent

In many areas, 'yes'. Housing is such an important basic human right, all aspects need to be controlled. And let's not forget - it was over-inflated house prices which led to the 2008 banking crisis!

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

Again - absolutely. This should be the case anyway - but especially so, given the amount of housing benefit being banked by private landlords who often rent out sub-standard housing. The whole private landlord business needs strict controls - including caps on rent levels.