Wednesday Night Fightback 16: Universal Basic Income

The main causes of poverty are de-industrialisation and family breakdown - UBI is not the solution.

By: Editor

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.

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  • All under a supposed Conservative Government both parties are indistinguishable from one another at least in the 1980s and 90s there were Margaret Thatcher then Tony Blair now there is Starmer Sunak and Davey extremely Metropolitan and elitist the Social Democratic Party is the future unlike the Liblabconsnp

7th June 2023

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