Wales basic income: Drakeford hopes pilot will continue

Wales Live

First Minister Mark Drakeford has said he is hopeful Wales’ basic income pilot will continue, as the scheme closes to new applicants this week.

About 500 people are expected to join the £20m programme, which offers £1,600 a month to 18 year olds leaving care.

Mr Drakeford said the “promise of the scheme is being delivered”.

But the Welsh Conservatives have branded it a “socialist experiment” and said the money should be spent on care services instead.

The Welsh government launched the pilot a year ago to test how the payments could help care leavers as they transition into adulthood.

It offers unconditional monthly payments for two years to 18 year olds who have left long-term care in Wales since 1 July last year.

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