Parliamentary activity about Citizen’s Basic Income

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Implement Universal Basic Income to give home & food security through Covid-19

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16 Sep 2020
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The government should implement an immediate Universal Basic Income trial for all UK residents to ensure home and food security through the coronavirus Covid-19 crisis, to support the needs of those that need to self-isolate as well as the public health at large, and the wider economy.

Early Day Motions

Date Tabled Title Signatures
19 Mar 2020
Temporary basic income during covid–19 outbreak

Tabled by: Sammy Wilson (Democratic Unionist Party – East Antrim)
That this House notes the serious impact of the downturn in economic activity due to the steps taken to deal with the covid-19 virus and its consequences, in particular the self-employed and freelance workers; and calls on the Government to use emergency legislation to introduce a temporary basic income aimed …

10 signatures
(Most recent: 23 Mar 2020)
Signatures by party:
Democratic Unionist Party: 8
Alliance: 1
16 Mar 2020
Temporary universal basic income

Tabled by: Kevin Brennan (Labour – Cardiff West)
That this House calls on the Government to introduce a temporary universal basic income or an emergency measure to help freelancers and the self-employed effected by the covid-19 outbreak.

86 signatures
(Most recent: 23 Mar 2020)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 39
Scottish National Party: 30
Liberal Democrat: 9
Democratic Unionist Party: 5
Social Democratic & Labour Party: 2
Green Party: 1
Alliance: 1
Plaid Cymru: 1


Date Department or MP
19 Mar 2020, 11:13 a.m. Vicky Foxcroft (Labour – Lewisham, Deptford)
Excellent leadership from @KevinBrennanMP on EDM 302: Temporary universal basic income. As a Shadow Minister, I don’t normally sign EDMs but have signed this one. A temp universal basic income will be vital in the fight against #covid19UK
20 Mar 2020, 12:27 a.m. Angus Brendan MacNeil (Scottish National Party – Na h-Eileanan an Iar)
Basic Income required but Top Tory comes out (as ever) with socially controlling stupidity – “Iain Duncan Smith says don’t bring in universal basic income during pandemic as it would be ‘disincentive to work”
19 Mar 2020, 7:16 p.m. Preet Kaur Gill (Labour (Co-op) – Birmingham, Edgbaston)
I fully support the call for a basic income, or an income guarantee scheme. Thanks for raising @CarlDurose
18 Mar 2020, 7:51 p.m. John Nicolson (Scottish National Party – Ochil and South Perthshire)
Scotland is considering giving each citizen a universal basic income.
22 Mar 2020, 5:11 p.m. Jonathan Edwards (Plaid Cymru – Carmarthen East and Dinefwr)
@meicwilliams66 Fully agree. @HywelPlaidCymru raises this during PMQs two weeks ago and why @Plaid_Cymru advocates a basic income
17 Mar 2020, 2:30 p.m. Mr David Lammy (Labour – Tottenham)
@Jerry_Okoye_ No it’s not just about Business! Look down my tweets…I called for an emergency basic income for people affected yesterday.
20 Mar 2020, 5:45 p.m. Layla Moran (Liberal Democrat – Oxford West and Abingdon)
This is a huge missed opportunity to introduce a Universal Basic Income. This is the measure which would have provided certainty and security for everyone, regardless of their employment status.
17 Mar 2020, 4:58 p.m. Ronnie Cowan (Scottish National Party – Inverclyde)
@lokiscottishrap Universal Basic Income. Is this the time to introduce a UBI? @Citizensincome @BasicIncomeOrg @basicincome_uk @BasicIncomeScot
20 Mar 2020, 10:25 a.m. Gerald Jones (Labour – Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney)
Also joined colleagues to call for a Universal Basic Income to support people through this crisis.
18 Mar 2020, 2:41 p.m. Robert Courts (Conservative – Witney)
Superb, clear explanation of the problems with a universal basic income. The existing systems need to be made to work at a level to cope with the current crisis.
19 Mar 2020, 5:08 p.m. Gareth Thomas (Labour (Co-op) – Harrow West)
This is hugely important- Ministers need to signal they are onto this… Calls for UK basic income payment to cushion coronavirus impact
16 Mar 2020, 4:30 p.m. Kevin Brennan (Labour – Cardiff West)
Today I urged the UK Government to consider a Universal Basic Income for freelancers and the self-employed during the #CoronavirusOutbreak.
20 Mar 2020, 10:42 p.m. Anne McLaughlin (Scottish National Party – Glasgow North East)
@ArtMoira Don’t apologise Moria, I knew that. And yes, a universal basic income is what weve been calling for for everyone. We will keep trying.
20 Mar 2020, 12:57 p.m. Layla Moran (Liberal Democrat – Oxford West and Abingdon)
Proud to be part of the now cross-party initiative to introduce a Universal Basic Income, to help the most vulnerable during the COVID-19 crisis.
18 Mar 2020, 1:34 p.m. Ronnie Cowan (Scottish National Party – Inverclyde)
@smccabe6 @nannounannou1 @calrogman @joannaccherry @Ianblackford_MP @theSNP Universal or maybe better described as Unconditional Basic Income. Everybody over 16 gets it.
19 Mar 2020, 4:25 p.m. Paul Girvan (Democratic Unionist Party – South Antrim)
The UK needs a temporary Universal Basic Income during COVID-19. The DUP are supporting a cross-party motion in Parliament to see this introduced.
20 Mar 2020, 9:06 a.m. Andrew Gwynne (Labour – Denton and Reddish)
Proud to be one of the signatories – we need urgent Government action on people’s wages. A temporary universal basic income is one way of fixing this!
20 Mar 2020, 7:47 a.m. Angus Brendan MacNeil (Scottish National Party – Na h-Eileanan an Iar)
@mikedailly @nursie6 And this period underlines actually the need for independence! Look at Ireland – basic income and heading for 15,000 tests a day! Led by WHO, not misled by COBRA!!
20 Mar 2020, 10:17 a.m. Jo Stevens (Labour – Cardiff Central)
More coverage in @Independent of our letter to @RishiSunak calling for an emergency universal basic income here  #coronavirus #UBI
18 Mar 2020, 12:49 p.m. Mr Steve Baker (Conservative – Wycombe)
Even during the #Coronavirus epidemic, Universal Basic Income is not a good idea for reasons well summarised here: #PMQs
18 Mar 2020, 1:45 p.m. Angus Brendan MacNeil (Scottish National Party – Na h-Eileanan an Iar)
Exactly 👇 close schools and a guaranteed basic income. Puts the population in a better footing economically and reduces routes of viral spread to fight the #coronavirus
20 Mar 2020, 12:30 p.m. Martin Docherty-Hughes (Scottish National Party – West Dunbartonshire)
Let’s hope Chancellor heeds @theSNP calls for a Universal Basic Income, measures announced so far are welcome but simply not enough. As details emerge I and my team will post ..
17 Mar 2020, 8:46 a.m. Dawn Butler (Labour – Brent Central)
We need to do whatever it takes to protect our economy.  A basic income for those in affected industries.  Sick pay doubled.  Restaurants, cafes and theatres told to close so they can claim insurance. This is not a time for half-measures.
18 Mar 2020, 1:49 p.m. Drew Hendry (Scottish National Party – Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey)
An emergency universal basic income, that supports everyone, is not only the right thing to do, it is needed urgently – as is additional support for private renters. Extraordinary times demand extraordinary measures
18 Mar 2020, 9:17 p.m. Lloyd Russell-Moyle (Labour (Co-op) – Brighton, Kemptown)
This is disgusting. The government are failing its people. Expecting then to get into debt for no fault of their own. Other countries have suspended rent or offered a basic income. Boris on this is failing our country.
20 Mar 2020, 9:38 a.m. Rushanara Ali (Labour – Bethnal Green and Bow)
Pleased to have signed this important letter co-ordinated by @alexsobel calling on @RishiSunak to introduce universal basic income to help our constituents cope in these unprecedented times. #COVID19
18 Mar 2020, 12:25 p.m. John Nicolson (Scottish National Party – Ochil and South Perthshire)
Ian Blackford calls for a universal basic income at #PMQs It is surely the right thing for the UK government to agree. People all across the country are worried about how they will pay their bills and keep a roof over their heads. @Ianblackford_MP
18 Mar 2020, 12:33 p.m. Ronnie Cowan (Scottish National Party – Inverclyde)
Delighted that @Ianblackford_MP @theSNP raised Universal Basic Income at #PMQs. This is something I first raised back in 2016 in my Westminster Hall debate. The first @HouseofCommons debate on the subject.
19 Mar 2020, 9:35 p.m. Chris Hazzard (Sinn Féin – South Down)
This path that @conormurphysf outlines is the only way to protect the people in these unprecedented times – the British Treasury needs to step up and guarantee a basic income #COVID19
20 Mar 2020, 9:14 a.m. Grahame Morris (Labour – Easington)
I have joined 150 MPs and Lords calling for universal basic income during the coronavirus pandemic in a joint letter to Chancellor of the Exchequer @RishiSunak
22 Mar 2020, 10:14 a.m. Alison Thewliss (Scottish National Party – Glasgow Central)
The self employed and a cross party range of MPs have been saying for weeks now that support is required. The Chancellor needs to put in place a universal basic income now to help those who are struggling.
19 Mar 2020, 1:11 p.m. Layla Moran (Liberal Democrat – Oxford West and Abingdon)
Calls are growing for a Universal Basic Income. Or it might be renamed, I don’t especially care. Whatever it is called it makes sense to protect incomes and it should be implemented immediately.
16 Mar 2020, 10:01 a.m. Ronnie Cowan (Scottish National Party – Inverclyde)
For those interested, here is HM Treasury reply, back in 2017, to my letter on creating a Universal Basic Income. The UK Govt claimed it would increase poverty. However, they do not recognise the real living wage and why not tax higher earners? #BasicIncome










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