Loraine Birchall

party: Liberal Democrats
constituency: Carlisle

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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

Yes I do

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, I believe the Decent Homes Standard should apply to all rented properties

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

Liberal Democrats want a Digital Rights Bill to protect citizens and stop the Snoopers Charter

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

I think that's up to the parliament in Scotland and Wales to decide although I personally believe they should have the same rights

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

It depends on the circumstances, if a property has had significant improvements or enhancements, then the rent should be adjusted to reflect that. Legislation would need to take that into account. Not all Landlords are bad, there are rogues but the majority are honest, hard working people.

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, I'm on the Board of a Housing Assocation who lost 50% of properties to Right to Buy. We need more housing with social and affordable rents as soon as possible.