One hundred cross-party candidates from five parties have made a pledge to support a pilot of UBI ahead of the Senedd elections in May.
The pledge has been launched by UBI Lab Wales, a citizen-led group exploring the potential for Universal Basic Income in the country.
After a successful campaign by UBI Lab Wales and Jack Sargeant MS, the Senedd passed a motion backing a UBI pilot in Wales in September 2020.
Councils in Cardiff, Swansea, Gwynedd and Rhondda Cynon Taf have since asked to take a leading role, with more expected to follow.
Sophie Howe, the Welsh Government’s Future Generations Commissioner, recently launched a major study into a UBI pilot, saying that an “unconditional, regular payment could prevent further mass unemployment and poverty caused by the pandemic.”
By signing the pledge, candidates commit to:
- Support calls to pilot Universal Basic Income in Wales
- Lobby Westminster for the devolved powers needed to pilot Universal Basic Income
- Work with other Senedd members to call for a new economic settlement, which includes trialling a Universal Basic Income
Over the coming weeks, UBI Lab Wales will contact every candidate in every seat and ask them to add their name.