Pauline Gorman

party: Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition
constituency: Sutton and Cheam

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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)

People should have the right to go about their lives without undue surveillance.

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

Carers and parents should always be welcome in hospitals but at present these institutions are terribly overstretched and demoralised by the fetters of the PFI contracts and staffing shortages. TUSC would cancel PFI contracts (and compensate only in cases of proven need). It would also increase staffing, raise salaries, reverse privatisation and place the NHS under democratic control.

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

All provision to the public should be properly regulated, including rented housing. TUSC aims to renationalise essential goods and services and build 1 million good quality, eco-friendly homes. The brownfield acreage and the finance for this number of new homes is held by councils and the big building companies. Both of these institutions are sitting on large reserves of finance too. For those now in rented accommodation TUSC calls for rent controls and proper enforced standards.

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

An average of 40% of their income is paid by renters at present. Rents should be controlled at affordable levels and security of tenure guaranteed. TUSC would build 1 million new homes for rent to be rented out at affordable levels.

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

In general there should be no restriction on access to information on the Internet.

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

TUSC's policy is to build 1 million new homes. Most of these would be social housing so as to keep the stock for future generations. Rents would be much much lower than the 40% of their income that the average renter pays today. There is sufficient land available for 1.4m homes and the big 4 property developers have enough cash to build them.

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

organisation: CISTA

As long as there is poverty there will be a desire for anaesthetics to dull the pain. That's why the fight against drug addiction has to be linked to the struggle for socialism.

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

Free speech is a right for all. Unfortunately it is often only the rich and super-rich who are able to sue for libel. TUSC aims to drastically reduce inequality both in terms of wealth and provision

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

organisation: Generation Rent

House prices have rocketed, especially in the South-East. Of every 100 new homes built in London 39% are bought to live in and 61% bought by investors. TUSC would build 1 million new homes and ensure that these are truly affordable to all.

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

One of TUSC's main policies is to call for rent control and regulation. This would set fair rents and prohibit rises between tenancies.