Lois Austin

party: Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition
constituency: East Ham

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

Many MP's and their pals who own private health care companies have gained from NHS privatisation. People have a right to know this and companies or public figures shouldn't be allowed to hide these links. Laws should be set to protect ordinary people and communities on the internet not big business who have their own agenda.

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

organisation: CISTA

I would support a public and democratic inquiry into drug laws, to find out if they are working for our communities.

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

It has recently been exposed that anti-racism, socialists and campaigners have been spied on by police. We think these resources should have been used for the community, not politically to intimidate and follow campaigners. We think there should be democratic accountability in police and security.

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

Our NHS has faced its most vicious attacks over the last two governments. It is being privatised, under-funded and run down. We need to reverse all the privatisation and reclaim some of the £120 billion that goes missing in unpaid tax by big business. This money could be used to build suitable hospitals with the ability to support families and carers.

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

Journalists should be safe to expose big business corruption. There are many linkes between MPs and private health companies who have won contracts from the NHS. These connections should be discussed.

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, we call for mass council house building and a rent cap to reduce rents to an actually affordable level. This should include stopping rip-off and slum landlords. We are concerned that in Newham families may be living in basements (with tiny windows and little natural light), but can not find anywhere else to live.

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

organisation: Generation Rent

Yes house prices are too high! After decades of little council house building, our sky lines are full of luxury flat developments the majority of people will never be able to afford. The Olympic park social housing requires a family income of £70,000 for its properties, who in Newham has that other than the Mayor?

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 call for a rent cap - at an actually affordable level, including for people on low pay. We would want to see most rents capped at council rent levels. Its a little different to a rent tax, but would do the same job of cutting the housing benefits bill. We also call for £10 an hour minimum wage which would stop many people needing to claim in-work benefits.

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

We call for a mass council house building program of around 250,000 homes a year. This is what trade unions representing housing workers suggest is needed. This would cost more than £5 billion. But £120 billion goes missing every year in unpaid tax by big business, its obvious the money is there to end the housing crisis.

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 support a rent cut. The rents are too high. We call for a rent cap which would be much lower than rents are now. Landlords shouldn't be allowed to get away with ridiculous fees or be able to put up the rents constantly.