A universal basic income can help us recover from COVID-19


I joined other MPs from across parties in signing this petition calling on the Chancellor to introduce a recovery Universal Basic Income (UBI) in response to the coronavirus crisis.

This measure must form a part of our recovery plan, but personally I would also hope that it could lead to the permanent introduction of a UBI when the crisis is passed.

The petition says “It’s clear that COVID-19 will continue to impact us all for months if not years to come. But the Government’s current support schemes are not equipped to see us through. In the last weeks we’ve experienced the gaps that have left too many people and families struggling.

“The hard truth is when this lockdown ends, there may be another one in waiting. The level of economic insecurity we now face is here to stay.

“The tools of today can’t safeguard an entire nation’s wellbeing during this period of unprecedented, universal uncertainty. That’s why a Universal Basic Income (UBI) has got to form a crucial part of the Government’s recovery plan.

“UBI is an unconditional monthly cash payment that everyone receives. It’s the quickest and most effective way to provide people with the security we need to rebuild our lives and jumpstart our economy. Recovery UBI would give us the freedom to make the best decisions for ourselves, our families and businesses as we emerge from this crisis.”

Anyone who wishes to sign the petition can do so here: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/a-universal-basic-income-can-help-us-recover-from-covid-19-the-government-must-act-now