Andy Crick

party: Liberal Democrats
constituency: Wyre Forest

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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

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

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 it would just drive up private sector rents further.

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)

Liberal Democrats propose a digital rights bill for online protection. We have also stopped Labour's plans for ID cards and Tory plans for a snooper's charter - twice.

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

To the extent agreed by parliament in a digital bill of rights proposed by the Liberal Democrats to be agreed in the next parliament - if you vote Liberal Democrat.

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

Liberal democrats support longer tendencies and more housing to drive down rents. I would be sympathetic to rent controls of some kind but I would need to find out more about the consequences for rental provision of such a move before I gave my approval to this. Interference in any market will inevitably have unintended consequences.

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 support an increase in homebuilding with affordable housing as a key element of addressing the housing need.

We have built over 170,000 new social and affordable homes in this Parliament and brought a record number of empty homes back into use – over 100,000 since 2010 – reducing them to their lowest level for over a decade. As a result of our work, we will be the first Government for more than thirty years to leave office with more social and affordable homes than we started with. This is a small, but important, step in the right direction, turning around a downward trend that had lasted thirty years.

We have set out plans to boost affordable housing in the next Parliament by building 275,000 more affordable homes by 2020 – the fastest rate of affordable house building for more than 20 years.

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

By introducing a 'carer's passport' to ensure that the role of carers is recognised and that they can be assured of benefits like more flexible visiting hours in hospitals