Anne Thomas

party: Scottish Green Party
constituency: Ross, Skye and Lochaber

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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

There needs to be more accommodation for carers to stay. It is a worry that often people with dementia deteriorate in hospital so carers are left less able to care for them afterwards and reluctant to make use of respite. There should be better care for people with dementia generally and more work on prevention strategies such as keeping people fitter and better nourished as they get older so they are less likely to develop it in the first place.

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, we've seen a huge rise in housing costs since rent controls were scrapped in the 80s and this has mainly benefited landlords. The idea that they would provide better quality housing if allowed to charge more simply has not worked.

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, this is particularly the case for making sure that houses are affordable to heat. If rental properties had to comply with a minimum energy efficiency this would be a good way of reducing fuel poverty.

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

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

Yes, we need to provide more homes for people. I would also support a land value tax so that companies do not 'land bank' but actually use the land they have particularly brown field sites and empty properties are brought back into use. I'd also like increased tax on second homes to increase supply of first homes. Also a raising of the tax free allowance for people renting out a spare room to encourage more people to take a lodger.

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

I think there should be tighter control of what information companies are allowed to access

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

organisation: CISTA

Yes