Low-paid Workers: Wages Increase

Part of Treasury – in the House of Commons on 24th March 2020.

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Photo of Patrick Grady Patrick Grady SNP Chief Whip

The Minister talks about looking at every measure that we can, but the Chancellor just appeared to rule out a universal minimum basic income. Is that not quite disappointing? The way to answer these questions—the way to avoid thousands of people being laid off, ending up on universal credit and potentially getting trapped in the benefits system—is to provide a minimum income guarantee for everyone. That would also help to provide a fiscal stimulus in the economy once we start to get through this crisis.