Cynon Valley MP Beth Winter is calling on the UK Government to consider implementing a recovery Universal Basic Income to support people through the coronavirus pandemic.
Last week Beth Winter MP asked the Secretary of State for the Department for Work and Pensions whether the Government would consider a recovery Universal Basic Income in order, Beth says, ‘to make sure no-one is left behind in this time of crisis, and to potentially form the basis of a new welfare system.’
Cynon Valley MP Beth Winter says that the welfare system in this country is not fit for purpose and is in need of a radical overhaul.
“From the inadequacy of Statutory Sick Pay (SSP), to the ongoing issues surrounding Universal Credit (UC) and Personal Independence Payments (PIP), the pandemic has shone a light on the failings of our current welfare system.”
“The measures which the Government did introduce, the furlough scheme, and support for the self-employed have been welcome, however they have also been full of gaps.”
“Millions of people in this country have been falling through the ‘safety net’ of the welfare system. After a decade of Tory austerity, this safety net has been so neglected, for so long, that it is now in tatters. It is vital that we replace our dysfunctional benefits system with one that provides financial security for everyone who needs it.”
“The Minister’s dismissive response to my question last week laid bare this Government’s disinterest in the problems faced by ordinary people. I will continue to press at every available opportunity for the fundamental reform to our welfare system that is needed.”
First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford MS says the message here in Wales remains the same, ‘Stay Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives.’
It comes as the Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s official Twitter page suggests the UK Government’s advice to people living in England is set to change to ‘Stay Alert, Control the Virus, Save Lives.’
In a Tweet this morning, Mark Drakeford MS said,
“My message to the people of Wales hasn’t changed.
“Staying at home is the best way you can protect yourself and others.
“If you do need to leave the house for essential purposes, including exercise, it is vital that you keep 2 metres apart from others.”
Tonight, (May 10) following the Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s statement at 7pm on BBC One Wales, a special BBC Wales Today immediately follows looking at what’s relevant to Wales and what’s not, the director of BBC Wales, Rhodri Talfan Davies, confirmed via Twitter on Thursday (May 7).