First Minister commits to Basic Income trial


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The First Minister Mark Drakeford has committed to trialling a Basic Income.


Drakeford was asked by journalist Emma Grant whether or not he would press ahead with Basic Income pilots given that twenty-five Senedd members have signed a pledge in support of such a scheme.


Drakeford said that a Basic Income pilot is one of specific responsibilities of the Welsh Government's new social justice minister Jane Hutt.


Drakeford said that the pilot needed to be "carefully designed" and would have to "draw on the experience of attempted pilots in Scotland."


He also said that he has a "very long-standing interest" in a Basic Income, adding that he hopes to be able to mount an experiment "to test whether the claims made for a Basic Income approach are actually delivered in the lives of people when you're able to have such an experiment."


Drakeford said the would work on a "cross-party basis" in the Senedd and "design the best possible pilot that we can design for Wales."

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