Katie Simpson

party: Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition
constituency: Milton Keynes North

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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

Absolutely! Cap rents not 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

I definitely support an increase in spending for social housing which would be much more affordable alongside a rent cap as almost all housing benefits end up in the pockets of private landlords. I would also propose drastic changes to prevent homes being left empty for long periods of time while there are so many people desperate for a home.

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

As a socialist I'm not one for reforms. I'm also far more interested in reducing crime by tackling the root causes. As poverty and poor prospects impact hugely on crime rates I would seek to tackle these issues first and foremost.

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 only confidential information should be restricted.

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

Hospitals are desperately underfunded thanks to years of Tory and Labour cuts. I would call for the NHS to be completely publicly owned and run with full funding and staffing. As somebody who has cared for people with dementia, both relative and non-relatives I understand how important it is to the patient to have a familiar face with them in times of need. I would re-open closed units and hospitals and make sure there are wards designed to allow carers to stay with their dementia patient.

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! Too many greedy landlords are taking advantage of the housing crisis and charging high rents for properties which are often in disrepair! It cannot continue.

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

organisation: Generation Rent

Put it this way. If a roast chicken increased in price at the same rate as house prices they'd be £40. House prices are far too high and it's forcing more people on to the streets. We need houses to be homes and not investments for big business.

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

I would support a rent tax, though ultimately I believe housing needs to come under public ownership to prevent private landlords from exploiting the housing crisis.

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

organisation: CISTA

Well I believe our drug laws are definitely in need of review! As long as any referendums are public and the commission is democratic I would support it.