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More than 500 politicians have sent a letter to Rishi Sunak calling on the UK government to provide financial and administrative support for local basic income pilots. In view of the COVID-19 pandemic and the second national lock-down the need for such UBI pilots is more urgent and important than ever before. Party leaders, MPs, Peers, Councillors and members of the devolved parliaments from eight political parties in all four nations of the UK have signed the letter. You can read the full story in The Guardian “Covid job losses lead MPs to call for trials of universal basic income”.
You can find out here who has signed the letter. UBI Lab Network including UBI Lab Leeds and Basic Income Conversation have collected the signatures.
A recent poll conducted by the Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) indicates that 46% of the British public support local UBI trials, while only 16% are opposed. You can find the detailed survey results here.
In case you want to add your name to the letter for the Chancellor, please sign here.
There is a groundswell of support for local UBI trials in the UK. Other countries such as South Korea have already started testing Basic Income during the COVID pandemic. Local Councils such as Leeds are ready to test the impact of Basic Income but they need the cooperation of the UK government.