Alick Munro

party: Green Party
constituency: Hayes and Harlington

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

Those who infringe a citizen's right to privacy should have the approval of a well informed magistrate or judge, who is responsible to a cross-party tribunal set up for this purpose.

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

organisation: CISTA

Yes. - and the remit of the commission could suitably include the taxation of alcohol and tobacco, the effects of mind-altering substances on performance and short-term and long term mental health, and our attitudes on care for those with limited mental health.

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

Not only that. We need to introduce land value tax to encourage homebuilding on the banks of sites owned by building companies.
We need to free housing associations from regulations that prevent them borrowing money on the security of their existing property in order to build more.
We need to raise more money for local authorities from council tax on high end properties, and from ending tax relief on mortgage interest for properties that are rented in order to pay for councuils to build more property.
We need to ensure that all income from right to buy on council properties is ring-fenced for building new property.
Councils need compulsary purchase orders for empty property.
VAT on building renovation work should be reduced to 5%.

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

No. Landlords are already taxed on their income from rent.
Landlords need to be registered and under threat of having their licences to act as landlords withdrawn if they do notprevent overcrowding and do not maintain their properties adequately.