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PCS Conference: Universal Income ‘A Big Risk’ 26 May 2017 09:16 #2776

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MAY 2017 Friday 26TH posted by Conrad Landin

UNIVERSAL basic income (UBI) is “not a panacea” and would come with “significant risk,” delegates at the PCS conference warned yesterday.
The policy has gained significant support and interest among trade unions over the past few years, with general unions Unite and GMB both endorsing it at their conferences last year.

It would involve a unconditional, non-withdrawable payment to everyone as a partial replacement for means-tested benefits.
But the Civil Service union, which represents thousands of benefit clerks, passed a motion warning that without both “major public expenditure” and “mass campaigning and popular support” the policy could be realised as “a right-wing version far worse than [the social security system] we have now.”
PCS vice-president John McInally said the complexity of the benefits system “would not disappear if UBI was introduced in its current model.”
He said there was a “considerable danger” that the debate on UBI could distract the left from creating a benefits system to support an agenda of equality.

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