Universal Basic Income Trial Findings

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 24th May 2022.

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Photo of Hina Bokhari Hina Bokhari Liberal Democrat

Please set out a detailed timeline for when your research into UBI pilots across the UK and Europe will be completed and when we can expect your findings to be published.

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

In September 2021, the University of Essex published research on behalf of the GLA which assessed how Covid-19 had affected levels of financial hardship in London. Part of the research looked at the effectiveness of Government measures to protect incomes, including Universal Basic Income, during the pandemic.

The research showed that introducing a Universal Basic Income of £80-a-week in London would decrease poverty by 5.7 per cent, bringing 130,000 Londoners out of poverty. However, this would come at a substantial cost to the taxpayer, as it would be funded by a tax rise of three percentage points for each tax bracket.

We currently have no plans to do further research into UBI pilots across the UK and Europe. However, my officers will continue to monitor and review findings of notable studies such as the pilot currently taking place in Wales.