Covid-19 bulletin 37: the pandemic leads an MP to make the case for UBI

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Bethan Winter, MP for Cynon Valley(right) is advocating a Universal Basic Income (UBI) and urging Labour to adopt that policy.

She reports that a cross-Party Parliamentary and Local Government Working Group on UBI, has recently been established. It includes cross-party MPs, local authority councillors, metro-mayors, peers and LGA officers and stresses the need to test alternatives to the current system such as basic income pilots

A public poll by YouGov in 2020 found that, having seen the effects of the coronavirus pandemic 51% of the public in the United Kingdom support a universal basic income, with 24% unsupportive.  A public petition on the UK government website that ran for 6 months from 16 March 2020 to 16 September 2020, calling for universal basic income, raised over 114,000 signatures. Bethan wrties:

The Covid-19 pandemic has laid bare the extent of poverty and inequality in our society. It has also exposed the inadequacies of…

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