Cornwall universal basic income suggested to reduce poverty

BBC News

A universal basic income (UBI) has been suggested to reduce poverty in Cornwall.

The scheme, in a report by independent think tank Autonomy, suggests an income of at least £40 a week per child and £60 a week for an adult aged up to 65.

The cost would be met in a number of ways including a tax on high earners and reform of National Insurance.

But a Department for Work and Pensions spokesperson said: “We have no plans to introduce a universal basic income.”

‘Rising care and housing needs’

The report said Cornwall had been “hit hard” by the pandemic, with an increase in people using food banks.

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