Supporting the call for Senedd Cymru – Welsh Parliament candidates to support UBI trials

Senedd Cymru – Welsh Parliament candidates

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Ahead of the Senedd Cymru - Welsh Parliament elections in May 2021 we're asking candidates across Wales to pledge their support for pilots of Universal Basic Income trials.

To: Senedd Cymru – Welsh Parliament candidates
From: [Your Name]

The pandemic has shown that our welfare system is not fit for purpose. Millions of people have fallen through the gaps in the UK government's support packages. Families across Wales are facing poverty and hardship for the first time.

After decades of underinvestment from Westminster, Wales is falling even further behind the rest of Britain.

We can't go on like this.

We urgently need to strengthen our welfare system. The creation of a Universal Basic Income (UBI) – a regular and unconditional cash payment to every person in Wales – could be a big part of the solution.

A Basic Income would provide financial security for all, giving everyone the resources they need to thrive. It would transform our social security system with a scheme fit for the 21st century – one that would allow everyone to develop their talents.

A Basic Income would allow the Senedd to build resilience into our communities. It would create the investment we need to transform our towns and cities. It would provide protection for everyone.

It could be our generation’s NHS.

Cities around the world, from Catalonia to California, are trying out UBI. Many have found that a guaranteed income allows their citizens to live happier, healthier and more secure lives.

The Senedd has already passed a motion calling for a UBI pilot in Wales. Councils in Cardiff, Swansea and Rhondda Cynon Taf have asked to take a leading role, with more expected to follow.

The Scottish Government have funded a world-leading feasibility study into UBI pilots, while the Future Generations Commissioner has launched a major study exploring what a Basic Income could look like in Wales.

Now is the time to build on this momentum.

The current benefits system is failing the people of Wales. It’s time to test alternatives. I am calling on Senedd candidates to:

Support calls to pilot Universal Basic Income in Wales

Lobby Westminster for the devolved powers needed to pilot Universal Basic Income

Work with other Senedd members to call for a new economic settlement, which includes trialling a Universal Basic Income