Almost half of Senedd members back a Universal Basic Income


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A total of twenty-five members of the newly-elected Senedd are in favour of trialling a universal basic income.


Thirteen Labour MSs, eleven Plaid Cymru MSs, as well as the sole Liberal Democrat MS, party leader Jane Dodds, have all pledged their support for such a trial.


Jonathan Rhys Williams of UBI Lab Cymru, the group behind the pledge, has described universal basic income as "this generation’s NHS".


Speaking to The Guardian, Williams called on the First Minister to "make the case for the necessary powers to implement a trial", which he said could be his "Bevan moment".


The MSs have all pledged to:

  • Support calls to pilot a Universal Basic Income in Cymru.

  • 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


A poll commissioned earlier this year by the Future Generations Commissioner Sophie Howe found that 69% of the population support the Welsh Government piloting a UBI scheme.


Here is a full list of Senedd members who support the pledge:


Labour


Dawn Bowden, Jack Sargeant, Mick Antoniw, Alun Davies, David Rees, Hefin David, Rhianon Passmore, Mike Hedges, John Griffiths, Jayne Bryant, Elizabeth Williams, Jenny Rathbone, and Vikki Howells.


Plaid Cymru


Siân Gwenllian, Delyth Jewell, Luke Fletcher, Sioned Williams, Llyr Gruffydd, Mabon ap Gwynfor, Rhys ab Owen, Heledd Fychan, Peredur Owen-Griffiths, Rhun ap Iorwerth, and Elin Jones.


Liberal Democrats


Jane Dodds

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