Alan Borgars

party: Green Party
constituency: Hemel Hempstead

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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, and I would also support the reintroduction of rent controls which will not only help struggling families but also reduce the housing benefit bill. I would also end the 'right-to-buy' and support a land value tax and use the money recouped to replenish our country's social housing stock.

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

organisation: CISTA

Yes, I would, and I would call for decriminalisation of drugs. The war on drugs has failed and has had disastrous social consequences. We need to see drug addiction as a medical problem (in the same way we see alcohol addiction) not a criminal justice problem.

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, they should, and I would encourage the Scottish Parliament and Northern Irish Assembly to pass legislation that would give these protections.

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, I do-people should be able to live in adequate shelter that is fit to live in.