Sunak dismisses simple step that would ensure nobody falls through cracks of government’s partial income guarantee – while massively reducing admin and delays. He is putting us all at risk
Tory Chancellor Rishi Sunak told MPs today how complicated it would be to provide basic income to the UK’s millions of self-employed people and zero hours contract workers who are struggling because of the coronavirus crisis.
Moments later, he dismissed out of hand a measure that would ensure no one is left in hardship – and would massively reduce the administrative burden of providing benefits at the same time:
A ‘universal basic income’ – a basic, guaranteed ‘livable’ payment – would ensure that nobody starves or is left homeless during the coronavirus lockdown and that huge numbers of small businesses and workers in service industries are in a position to resume services to the nation as soon as it is lifted.
And it would do so with minimal admin or delay.
The government promised that it would not allow anyone to suffer hardship because of this crisis. But Sunak’s response to the most straightforward emergency solution?
“We’re not in favour of it”.
Such dismissiveness will force desperate people to ignore the lockdown and social distancing measures and put us all at risk.
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