Stephen Morris

party: English Democrats
constituency: Monmouth

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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

I support rent 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

Yes, housing should have minimum standards to protect those renting.

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

Yes

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

organisation: CISTA

Yes

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

I am aware having worked as a CCTV operator for public transport how valuable a CCTV system can be, however I am also very aware of how organisations may use the system inappropriately, I would make sure that regulation and inspection of CCTV systems and operators as increased and that custodial sentences are a minimum and also enforced.

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

The state should not restrict access to information on the internet, we then become a Police state and only reliant on what information the state wishes to give us.

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

I would look to give them the same rights through legislation that registered carers and people who care for relatives .

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

Laws in Scotland and N. Ireland have always been different from those in England and Wales and this is unlikely to change with Devolution and the transfer of more powers to those Nations. It is for the people of those nations to elect people who will give them the Laws and protection they deserve.

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

Social housing should be used as a safety net, previous governments have failed to invest in the social housing stock and this needs to be address and therefore support the increase in home building grant.

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

organisation: Generation Rent

House prices like any other product is dictated by supply and demand as well as interest rates. The government are unlikely to interfere in this kind of situation other than allowing companies to build more houses to over supply the market and drive down prices.