Wales trials paying universal basic income of £19,200 a year

The Independent

The Welsh government’s trial of a universal basic income will pay around 500 people £1,600 a month, the devolved administration has announced.

Under the pilot policy some vulnerable young people will be paid £19,200 a year for 24 months from their 18th birthday – the highest rate of any large-scale pilot.

The scheme will be open to all young people leaving care, and extend to double the number of people that had previously been planned.

Some members of the Welsh parliament last month expressed concerns that the pilot, originally expected to cover just 250 people, might be too small to be a useful study. But unveiling details on Tuesday evening Welsh ministers said the programme is now likely to be taken up by around 500 care leavers. The experiment is planned to last for a “minimum” of three years.

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