Wednesday, 25 May 2016

The Independent: Two thirds of the British public support a universal basic income, poll finds

The Independent: Two thirds of the British public support a universal basic income, poll finds

A strong majority of the British public in principle support the introduction of a so-called Universal Basic Income, a new poll suggests.

An opinion study asked respondents what they thought of “an income unconditionally paid by the government to every individual regardless of whether they work and irrespective of any other sources of income”.

Having it explained that the income “replaces other social security payments and is high enough to cover all basic needs”, 62 per cent of the UK population said it would support such a policy.

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