Personal Income

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 16th September 2020.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of recent research from Finland that suggests that Universal Basic Income improves employee mental health and boosts employment.

Photo of Baroness Stedman-Scott Baroness Stedman-Scott The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

No assessment has been made. Universal Basic Income does not take any account of people’s needs and circumstances, is not targeted at the poorest in society and would be hugely expensive.

This Government believes Universal Credit is the right strategy for the UK because it simplifies the benefits system, promotes and incentivises work and provides targeted support to those in most need, in a way that is affordable.

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