The Tories are lying about Universal Basic Income

Oliver Dowden: he doesn’t want people to have a guaranteed minimum income; he wants us to live in fear of poverty.

As England prepares to run two pilot studies on Universal Basic Income, the Tories have been talking it down just as much as they can.

But is it that bad? A recent study in Finland would suggest that it’s actually very good for people, no matter what Politics Live panellist Lee Rowley might say.

What do you think? Would you like a guaranteed minimum income? Would you feel more secure with it? Would it encourage you to try things you otherwise would not?

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5 thoughts on “The Tories are lying about Universal Basic Income

  1. Hecuba

    A guaranteed minimum income would enable women and men claiming state financial aid to focus more on obtaining suitable employment instead of constantly worrying how they are going to survive on a miniscule amount fascist tories consider suitable for us peasants!

    Do not forget the fascist tories in power have awarded themselves huge sums in fake contracts and yet even these enormous sums are insufficient for their greed for more and more money!

  2. Jon Lisle-Summers

    The Mirror article I read suggests the UBI would be £1,600 a month. Here in Cambridge that would cover rent, about £1,100pm….but £500pm for food and energy… Unworkable. I assume this figure would be a substitute for benefits.
    The comments in the Mirror suggested that folk working 40 hours per week weren’t clearing £1,600pm….and were very aggrieved that people were “doing nothing” for £1,600….
    Or have I missed something?

  3. Samuel Miller

    Universal Basic Income (UBI) is now a social imperative because AI poses a threat to two-thirds of jobs in the US and Europe, a study has found—with 300 MILLION full-time positions at risk of automation.

    A quarter of jobs could soon be automated as a result of breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, a report has warned.

  4. Anon

    For obvious reasons I’ll be submitting this using a different identity to usual.
    I receive about this amount currently in hard fought Disability Benefits and I need it to cover all the extra expenses in order to live a “normal life” but still struggle at times.
    I have pondered about if I was more capable what would I do if I had this money as a foundational back-up.
    I would definitely be free to be more creative, starting small community enterprises which would benefit everyone.

    The most important thing is would be having the freedom to improve myself and others without being held back by threats of Sanctions and intenser scrutiny and forced pointless Jobseeking, this is basic human nature.

    The only people who would see it as “free money” are the very people criticising UBI, wasn’t it the Right-Wingers who took advantage of Free Taxpayers Billions during Covid?

  5. Dave Rowlands

    “Money For Nothing”, it kind of puts ordinary people in a position that most of the rich MP’s hold now, they gain expense repayments but you can’t have everything.

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