Alasdair Ibbotson

party: Green Party
constituency: Alyn and Deeside

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

organisation: Generation Rent

Yes. We need to reduce house prices by building more, by moving from council tax to land value tax and by enforcing rent controls. This would make speculation in the housing market less attractive, further reducing house prices, and converting houses back to homes rather than assets.

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

New hospitals should be built with on-site accommodation that is available to relatives and carers of patients with all illnesses, not just dementia. Taking a more holistic view of health is important in my view, and I believe that Green policies on NHS funding and management would facilitate this.

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

Eliminating the tax breaks and enforcing rent control are probably enough. I'm wary of making the tax code more complicated- that only benefits the rich.

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

There should be a presumption that people should not be monitored. The decision to monitor someone's communications should only be taken by the Secretary of State and only be taken where there is a clear threat to lives. Authorisation should not extend for a period beyond 6 months before renewal is needed.

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

Libel laws across the UK need to be rewritten from scratch. At the moment it's far too easy for the rich to use them to suppress criticism by maliciously and strategically tying their opponents up in court for months or years and leaving them with huge fees.

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, absolutely.

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, although I would argue that even more money is perhaps required in order to make sure that we not only have enough homes, but to replace some of the substandard homes currently existing.

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

Only when it clearly is intended to incite violence.

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

organisation: CISTA

Yes.