Vicky Duckworth

party: Green Party
constituency: Dudley South

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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

Yes.

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

Yes.

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 would remove the tax incentive on buy to let mortgages and use the money to fund the creation of 500,000 new social homes.

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

organisation: CISTA

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 support internet freedom and would want to see data protection laws strengthened to protect users from corporate interests. I oppose secret, unaccountable mass surveillance.

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

Whilst I oppose mass surveillance I do think there is a need for law enforcement to carry out targeted surveillance in specific circumstances. This needs independent judicial approval and genuine parliamentary oversight.

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

It can be distressing for both the dependent and the carer to be separated at an already trying time and whilst I support carers taking time away from caring, I also support the right of carers to remain with the people they care for and so would like to see consultation on how this could best be achieved, with an outcome that carers had the same rights as parents in terms of remaining with the people they care for.

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. Unsuitable housing arrangements are one of the issues people raise most frequently in my area whether it is lack of effective heating or repairs. We need to stop incentivising people to view houses as investment opportunities and start viewing them as people's homes.

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

organisation: Generation Rent

Yes. I would like to see a massive expansion in the public housing sector so everyone has the opportunity of an affordable place to live, of a decent standard.

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 Green Party's fully costed manifesto commits to creating 500,000 new homes by 2020.