In this episode, Michael Taylor and William Clouston discuss the recent proposal to trial UBI in England.
Thirty residents of Jarrow in South Tyneside and East Finchley in London will be given £1,600 a month for two years and monitored to see how it affects their wellbeing.
Advocates believe that UBI can provide economic security to everyone, simplifying the welfare system and relieving worries about the cost of living.
William and Michael argue that paying people to do nothing will reduce the incentive to work and cause inflation, making everyone poorer. Worse, it infantilises people and diverts attention from tackling the true causes of poverty – family breakdown and de-industrialisation.
They agree that poverty can only be solved through strong, coherent policies on industry, education, housing, tax and welfare that put the family at the heart of national life.