It’s disappointing but not surprising that the UK Government have completely dismissed basic income before even undertaking any research on the subject. The contrasts dramatically to the Scottish Government’s approach to look into the feasibility of a basic income by undertaking research and also working with local authorities who wish to pilot such a scheme.
Only last week, I chaired a discussion at Westminster where the University of London City, through the European Social Survey, highlighted the growing awareness and support for basic income, throughout the world and across the political spectrum.
Basic income is an idea which has been around for centuries but is becoming more prevalent with the increase in people working in the gig economy. It’s time the Chancellor listened to the growing support for introducing a basic income and ensure the Government take action.