Declan Clune

party: Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition
constituency: Eastleigh

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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)

As an active Trade Unionist and Socialist I suspect I am having my rights infringed without me being fully aware. TUSC remains committed to ending the intrusive and illegal surveillance of people and stand by human rights to freedom of association and right of privacy. The best way to ensure this is to open up our 'secret' services under democratic control and inspection to ensure rights are not broken.

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

Access to information for state and private companies should not be necessary in most cases and usually is so only for the exploitation and victimisation of people and workers. We in TUSC stand in Solidarity with victims of such abuse like the Blacklist Support Group demanding justice and fighting against these attacks on human rights.

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

This could be wholly possible with a fully funded health service that is currently massively underfunded. The NHS currently is due to pay back over £70B a year on PFI contracts that amount to contracts worth a little over £25B a year. By scrapping these contracts the NHS will be free of a massive debt burden responsible for dragging the service to its knees. Pharmaceutical companies are also ripping the NHS off massively through profit hungry contracts that need to end. By taking these companies back under public control the NHS would be massively better placed financially making things like this fine campaign is demanding possible

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

Stop rip off landlords! A cap on rents in the private sector to bring private rents in line with
social housing rents. Councils should have a compulsory register of private landlords - they
should refuse to issue a license to landlords letting overcrowded, poor quality housing at
rip-off rents. They could also set up a council-run, not-for-profit letting agency.
Rent councils
The government’s definition of ‘affordable’ means nothing to most of us. The council could
establish committees of housing workers, tenants and the local trade unions to set the rents.
House-building and renovation
Use the council’s reserves and borrowing powers to build and renovate enough decent
quality social housing for all those who want it and campaign for the government to divert
its private developer subsidy to a mass programme of building social housing.
Bring all housing association stock and
housing services back in-house
Privatisation has driven up costs. You can’t control what you don’t own. The council should
run all social housing and housing services itself for the best value and accountability to the
community.
Axe the bedroom tax
The bedroom tax is forcing the poorest and most vulnerable out of their homes. The council
should immediately stop the implementation of the tax and associated eviction proceedings,
as well as fully restore council tax benefit.

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

Stop rip off landlords! A cap on rents in the private sector to bring private rents in line with
social housing rents. Councils should have a compulsory register of private landlords - they
should refuse to issue a license to landlords letting overcrowded, poor quality housing at
rip-off rents. They could also set up a council-run, not-for-profit letting agency.
Rent councils
The government’s definition of ‘affordable’ means nothing to most of us. The council could
establish committees of housing workers, tenants and the local trade unions to set the rents.
House-building and renovation
Use the council’s reserves and borrowing powers to build and renovate enough decent
quality social housing for all those who want it and campaign for the government to divert
its private developer subsidy to a mass programme of building social housing.
Bring all housing association stock and
housing services back in-house
Privatisation has driven up costs. You can’t control what you don’t own. The council should
run all social housing and housing services itself for the best value and accountability to the
community.
Axe the bedroom tax
The bedroom tax is forcing the poorest and most vulnerable out of their homes. The council
should immediately stop the implementation of the tax and associated eviction proceedings,
as well as fully restore council tax benefit.

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

organisation: CISTA

Yes. Britain's drug laws do not work as international drug laws do not. The criminalisation for drug use destroys futures and lives of people that is not necessary. I am not sure a Royal Commission should be needed as I believe only those with knowledge and experience in the field should be involved. Including community and youth campaigners currently heavily involved with people affected by these negative and contradictory laws.

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

Stop rip off landlords! A cap on rents in the private sector to bring private rents in line with
social housing rents. Councils should have a compulsory register of private landlords - they
should refuse to issue a license to landlords letting overcrowded, poor quality housing at
rip-off rents. They could also set up a council-run, not-for-profit letting agency.
Rent councils
The government’s definition of ‘affordable’ means nothing to most of us. The council could
establish committees of housing workers, tenants and the local trade unions to set the rents.
House-building and renovation
Use the council’s reserves and borrowing powers to build and renovate enough decent
quality social housing for all those who want it and campaign for the government to divert
its private developer subsidy to a mass programme of building social housing.
Bring all housing association stock and
housing services back in-house
Privatisation has driven up costs. You can’t control what you don’t own. The council should
run all social housing and housing services itself for the best value and accountability to the
community.
Axe the bedroom tax
The bedroom tax is forcing the poorest and most vulnerable out of their homes. The council
should immediately stop the implementation of the tax and associated eviction proceedings,
as well as fully restore council tax benefit.

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

organisation: Generation Rent

Yes. And there is currently a housing crisis in this country with many on housing waiting lists around the country. Our policies include -
Stop rip off landlords! A cap on rents in the private sector to bring private rents in line with
social housing rents. Councils should have a compulsory register of private landlords - they
should refuse to issue a license to landlords letting overcrowded, poor quality housing at
rip-off rents. They could also set up a council-run, not-for-profit letting agency.
Rent councils
The government’s definition of ‘affordable’ means nothing to most of us. The council could
establish committees of housing workers, tenants and the local trade unions to set the rents.
House-building and renovation
Use the council’s reserves and borrowing powers to build and renovate enough decent
quality social housing for all those who want it and campaign for the government to divert
its private developer subsidy to a mass programme of building social housing.
Bring all housing association stock and
housing services back in-house
Privatisation has driven up costs. You can’t control what you don’t own. The council should
run all social housing and housing services itself for the best value and accountability to the
community.
Axe the bedroom tax
The bedroom tax is forcing the poorest and most vulnerable out of their homes. The council
should immediately stop the implementation of the tax and associated eviction proceedings,
as well as fully restore council tax benefit.

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

Stop rip off landlords! A cap on rents in the private sector to bring private rents in line with
social housing rents. Councils should have a compulsory register of private landlords - they
should refuse to issue a license to landlords letting overcrowded, poor quality housing at
rip-off rents. They could also set up a council-run, not-for-profit letting agency.
Rent councils
The government’s definition of ‘affordable’ means nothing to most of us. The council could
establish committees of housing workers, tenants and the local trade unions to set the rents.
House-building and renovation
Use the council’s reserves and borrowing powers to build and renovate enough decent
quality social housing for all those who want it and campaign for the government to divert
its private developer subsidy to a mass programme of building social housing.
Bring all housing association stock and
housing services back in-house
Privatisation has driven up costs. You can’t control what you don’t own. The council should
run all social housing and housing services itself for the best value and accountability to the
community.
Axe the bedroom tax
The bedroom tax is forcing the poorest and most vulnerable out of their homes. The council
should immediately stop the implementation of the tax and associated eviction proceedings,
as well as fully restore council tax benefit.