The Wales Green Party has committed to the “immediate introduction” of a universal basic income (UBI) in its manifesto for the upcoming Senedd election.
The Green Party says that a UBI would reduce inequality, ensure “basic financial security for all”, and would end people's dependence on "insecure and casual work"— something that has been exacerbated during the pandemic.
The manifesto says that a UBI would also put an end to the “toxic and costly” benefits system that "leaves so many trapped in poverty."
Currently, around a quarter of the Welsh population live in poverty, including three in ten children.
As well as ensuring that people’s basic needs are taken care of, the Wales Green Party says that a UBI would also support people to:
● contribute to society through caring activity
● choose work that is meaningful to them
● take up educational and training opportunities
● increase cultural and community activities,
● have a share in any benefits arising from automation
● enjoy greater leisure time