Robert Punton

party: Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition
constituency: Birmingham, Perry Barr

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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)


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

Training in understanding dementia is needed and they should have access to advocacy to ensure their rights are upheld I would fight for legal recognition on these points

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

There should be equal rights for all regardless of postcode the right of protection from bullying is sacristan and should be paramount in all communities society

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

We support this 100%

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

there should be a high standard for all housing and we believe in properly funded by society to ensure no one lives in substandard housing

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

As you will see from my previous answers we believe in increasing social housing budget beyond £5 billion and stop private renters from exploiting the less fortunate

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 fair too high it stops young people from buying homes and by implication keeps people from lower incomes from owning homes and society wrongly looks down on those unable to buy there needs to be culture change that returns us to community values not social exclusion

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

we believe the current position allows exploitation of the poorer sections of society and the rent paid is based on greed not need unscrupulous people are exploiting the system a renting tax would go some way to remedying this

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

the state has no right to restrict access to internet that leads to others deciding what you find out