Phyl Meyer

party: Scottish Green Party
constituency: Edinburgh South

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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)

Reinforce presumption of innocence and improve controls on use of surveillance without due cause.

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

By establishing an equivalency of rights for primary care-givers / next of kin

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

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, particularly in terms of energy efficiency / insulation standards

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

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

organisation: Generation Rent

Yes they are too high, mostly due to speculation by market investors, and the failure of successive governments to build enough social housing

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

Would depend on the details, but in theory yes

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

Not at all unless for very specific exceptions (like weapons schematics and such)

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

organisation: CISTA

A Commission, yes, not sure it has to be "Royal" though