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Basic Income

Question for Treasury

UIN 128074, tabled on 10 December 2020

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of implementing a universal basic income.

Answered on

18 December 2020

There are fundamental problems with the realities of a Universal Basic Income. Providing sufficient support through a UBI would require both a significant reduction in other public spending and an increase in taxation. A flat rate UBI would also not account for the additional needs and costs faced by some and could markedly increase inequality.

We are focussed on helping people get into work, making up to £30 billion available through our Plan for Jobs and have supported those on the lowest incomes through the pandemic by investing an additional £7.4 billion in the welfare system this year.

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