What is a universal basic income? And which countries are eyeing a trial?

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The Big Issue

A universal basic income (UBI) is an idea that has attracted plenty of attention in recent years – not least as the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has shone a light on poverty and inequality.

For many a UBI is a way to tackle both issues, for others it is an expensive waste of money. 

As the Scottish and Welsh governments both explore ways to bring a form of UBI to their respective countries, The Big Issue looks at the idea and how its supporters hope it will change UK society where the gap between the rich and the poor is one of the worst in Europe.

What is a universal basic income?

A universal basic income is a regular payment that is given to everyone in society to create a minimum income floor. 

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