Universal Basic Income pilot scheme to be launched in Wales. May I suggest Powys?

Money: a Universal Basic Income scheme guarantees that people receive enough money to support them, at all times. Some claim that this discourages them from working, but this is nonsense. Everyone wants more than the bare minimum, right? Or is the problem that employers only offer the bare minimum?

This is great news.

The Labour-run Welsh government was softly suggesting that it might support a Universal Basic Income (UBI) pilot scheme before the local elections.

But the election result has put 25 AMs in Cardiff Bay who signed a pledge promising to put pressure on governments and councils to launch trials.

That seems to have been enough to encourage Mark Drakeford to green-light projects in Wales, to be organised by new Social Justice minister Jane Hutt:

This Writer has had contact with Jane Hutt. I asked her for advice on a matter involving an acquaintance of mine and she took the time to provide a very full and helpful response. I think she is an effective and responsible public servant and that this project is in good hands with her.

The Guardian‘s article suggests that Rhondda Cynon Taff is among several Welsh councils that have expressed an interest in running a UBI pilot. I hope that my own home county – Powys – has also done so.

Powys is the biggest and most rural county in Wales, with many employment problems associated with having a sparse population. UBI could hugely help people here by removing the threat of sanction associated with the current benefit system and allowing people to concentrate on tackling local issues in a creative and adaptive way.

And it would be a real feather in Mr Drakeford’s cap to be able to say he’d managed to make UBI work across an entire quarter of Wales.

Source: Wales to launch pilot universal basic income scheme | Universal basic income | The Guardian

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3 thoughts on “Universal Basic Income pilot scheme to be launched in Wales. May I suggest Powys?

  1. Jeffrey Davies

    I wouldn’t trust that woman I still remember her comments when the people’s of neath showed up to tell her personally that keeping neath general hospital open not to close it oh dear she agreed but hay ho she and her mates closed it giving us that cottage hospital instead I wouldn’t trust her one bit

  2. terry scales

    A Universal Basic Income for Wales is great…it must target getting rid of foodbanks and homelessness…..

  3. disabledgrandad

    Exciting news for the people of Wales but this is what happens when you elect a left-wing Labour government. Compare this to how badly the Tory scum is F’ing up, mired in sleaze and endless cronyism. But they wail a Labour government under JC would have been worse?

    I bet not 150,000 excess Covid-19 death victims should have had to pay the price of Tory arrogance and stupidity! So no I don’t believe they would have been worse! That’s just one example I have lots more…

    This story is a perfect example of left-wing thinking really helping people not making lives harder unlike what the Tory scum are doing…

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