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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:39 pm on 4th May 2020.

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Photo of Stephen Farry Stephen Farry Alliance, North Down 3:39 pm, 4th May 2020

There is growing support for a recovery universal basic income, and it is being considered in other parts of the world. I would dispute what the Secretary of State has said about the costings, and stress to her that it can be supported through wider changes to the taxation system. Given the current cliff edge on the job retention scheme, the danger of vast redundancies, pressures on UC and the need to inject spending into the recovery to kick-start recovery, will she at least urgently work with the Treasury to explore that option?