More than 100 UK MPs demand universal basic income after lockdown

The Sun

In a letter to the government, MPs from seven opposition parties have asked for the payments to help support those hit hardest by the crisis.

Published as a letter in the Financial Times, it calls for a “recovery universal basic income” after concerns that the furlough scheme cannot last.

The letter warns furloughed staff will lose their jobs when the current scheme ends, and a universal basic income would ensure economic security for everyone.

It says: “The hard truth is when this lock-down ends, there may be another one in waiting.

“The level of economic uncertainty we now face is here to stay.

“It will loom large long after the battle against coronavirus is won.”

Signatures on letter include acting leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey, Westminster leader of the SNP Ian Blackford, and former shadow chancellor John McDonnell.

It is also signed by all MPs from Plaid Cymru and the Alliance, SDLP and Green parties.

Organised by leftwing think-tank Compass, it warns the crisis will hit the economy for “months if not years to come”.

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