Spain approves Universal Basic Income – and it’s more than UK sick and disabled get

Universal Basic Income: the Spaniards are getting it (in Euros, obviously) – why can’t people in the UK have it?

Only a few weeks ago, Tories were delighting in claiming that no other nation had adopted a Universal Basic Income scheme in response to calls for the UK to adopt it during the Covid-19 crisis.

Now they can’t say that any more.

And the amount being provided to Spanish citizens will be more than people on the normal rate of Universal Credit, on Employment and Support Allowance, or on the lowest rate of Personal Independence Payment (if I recall correctly) – around £95 per week.

If anyone is wondering how we reached a point where Spain supports its people better than the UK, just remember we’ve had more than 40 years of right-wing governments and they have laid us low.

Spain’s cabinet has approved the creation of a national minimum income, according to a government spokesperson.

Deputy Prime Minister Pablo Iglesias told a news conference on Friday the creation of a minimum income worth €462 (£416.92) a month will target some 850,000 households or 2.5 million people.

The government would pay the monthly stipend and top up existing revenue for people earning less so that they receive at least that minimum amount every month, he said.

Source: Spain approves national minimum income scheme | The Independent

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3 thoughts on “Spain approves Universal Basic Income – and it’s more than UK sick and disabled get

  1. Simon Cohen

    Thanks for this article Mike. I have now sent my own complaint in:

    Dear Madam/Sir,

    I write in disgust at what appears to be your handling of the Cummings affair.

    it appears to be indicative of a two tier system that uses a ‘light touch; with the powerful and a heavier hand with the powerless. The resulting inequity is disturbing and the possible first step to undermining the probity of the police and engendering the risk of the start of a slippery slope to becoming a banana republic.

    The following is clear:

    1, Cummings made the trip whilst ill, with an ill wife. Both potentially having Corona virus.
    2. There was a visit to a hospital in an area that had a small number of infections compared to London (from where they came) which had a massive number and was an epicentre of Covid-19.
    3. A further trip of 60 miles was made to a tourist spot where said Cummings was sighted moving around in the open air.
    4. Said trip was made in doubtful health potentially endangering others on the road not to mention his wife and child. There was reference to driving with untrustworthy eye sight which should be a matter for the DVLA as well as the police.
    5. Given that two people were find for travelling similar distances during lockdown, a lack of even handedness becomes apparent.

    This is a serious matter in that if we are not equal before the law then we are entering a dangerous phase of autocratic behaviour where a powerful elite are operating according to another version of the law which suits them.

    I would like you to respond to these concerns and explain why the Durham police seem to have behaved in a way that indicates double standards.

  2. trev

    They should have introduced Basic Income here too, still could if the Political will was there. I and many thousands of others are still struggling along on £74 p/w JSA, which is ridiculous in this day & age.

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