Paul Cartlidge

party: Green Party
constituency: Wirral South

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

organisation: CISTA

Yes

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

I believe in a free and open internet and do not think the state should seek to limit access to any information unless it is illegal i.e child porn or manuals that teach people how to make bombs.

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

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

I think surveillance in the U.K has gone too far. Returning to the U.K from a trip to Europe I was astonished at the number of CCTV cameras. I believe the installation of CCTV is acceptable on private premises and in shops but its use in the streets should be strictly limited. I would like to see the law altered so that on street CCTV and general street surveillance by Police, Councils etc could only take place with the agreement of a magistrate and even then it should be subject to review every few months.

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

organisation: Generation Rent

Yes

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 because I would like to see that 27 billion pounds a year spent on affordable social housing instead. Everybody should have the right to a home and the Government should be ensuring the construction of high quality affordable accommodation.

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, and I would like to see housing benefit phased out altogether as the Government should be ensuring everybody has the right to a home.