Valerie O'Flynn

party: Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition
constituency: Great Grimsby

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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 we would scrap the subsidies and use all of it to build affordable social housing, creating jobs in the process

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

I support the Don't Spy On Us campaign and believe that the fear of terrorism is being used as excuse to increase the information collected on all citizens. I don't have enough knowledge at this time to be specific about what I would do but I believe in fewer powers of the state - whether that's UK or U.S., and would approach reform from the perspective of protecting people from government surveillance

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

I am not blind to the terrorist threat but believe that the abuse of information by government and private companies is but least as big a threat. Unless there is reasonable suspicion, it should be an individual's conscious choice what information is available to government or private companies.

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

Some people need a familiar person with them. That provision should be there irrespective of age or condition.

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

Of course. Free speech is the basis of democracy.

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

Rent capping is a TUSC policy. The Local Housing Allowance, which is effectively the bedroom tax on private tenants, limits the benefits to tenants but puts them further into poverty and can create homelessness while allowing landlords to continue raking it in.

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

Landlord Licencing is another TUSC policy. This would ensure minimum standards of accommodation with penalties for the landlord and protection for the tenant who complains about conditions

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

organisation: CISTA

Don't like the word royal but yes. The science dictates a level of harm that is not reflected in our laws.

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

Councils already own enough brown field land to build 1.4 million homes and there are 1million empty homes that are privately owned. We scrap all subsidies to private landlords, saving £27 billion and use the money to build good quality social housing, creating jobs in the process.

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

organisation: Generation Rent

Yes. The big four property developers are sitting on enormous amounts of land but seen their profits increase massively over the last 5 years. The economic cleansing of council estates in London sold to private hedge funds and investors means that the average age of buying a first house in London is 52. A roof over your head is a basic necessity.