In November last year, Lewes District Council became the 8th council to commit to give UBI a try. At the Green Party, we believe it’s time London followed suit.
WHAT IS UBI?
Universal Basic Income is a concept that allows all adults to receive a no-strings-attached sum at a level above their subsistence needs. It provides a security blanket and opportunity for all of us to live a fulfilling life, while liberating each of us from job insecurity.
WHAT ARE GREENS DOING ABOUT IT?
Our Green London Mayoral candidate and co-leader, Sian Berry, took the proposal of Universal Basic Income in the capital to London Assembly’s economic committee this Wednesday, alongside her Liberal Democrat colleague, Caroline Pidgeon. Unfortunately, the committee decided to delay making a decision, saying they need more information to move forward.
Green policies such as UBI are vital in securing the welfare of Londoners. Like Sian Berry said to The Big Issue, we need to fill the gaps in our welfare system:
I think the coronavirus has exposed the gaps in our current welfare system in a way that it’s never done before. And the horrible thing about the coronavirus crisis is that it’s really laid bare this idea that loss of income, loss of your home genuinely can happen to everybody. What we need to have is a system that leaves no gaps. And Universal Basic Income is the simplest system that does that and doesn’t make anyone beg for welfare support.Sian Berry, The Big Issue