The United Kingdom to trial Universal Basic Income

Thirty people over two years will receive £1,600 each per month

Matt Mason
3 min readJun 5, 2023

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Many on the left have pushed for UBI, or Universal Basic Income, over the last few years. Some countries have already tried it with mixed results. The most recent was Finland and it was dropped because the amount of money handed out wasn’t enough to challenge income inequality mostly due to the tax rises required to maintain it.

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Undeterred, the UK is trying it now. The main difference between the Finnish trial and the British trial, is how much money the participants will receive. The Finnish trial was £490 (around $600 USD) while the Brits selected in this trial will receive over three times that amount — £1,600 per month for two years (around $1,980 USD).

My initial feeling is that £1,600 might be a bit too high. It’s a positive figure which should cover most costs for most people, even in the capital where everything costs so much more anyway, including and especially housing. I suspect though that should it be introduced; the actual figure may be lower.

I’m in favour of UBI

Yes, I am. Especially when we consider what has happened over the last few years to make the poor even poorer while the rich gorge themselves on ever increasing…

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Matt Mason

Creatively curious lifelong writer. I use Medium to discuss asexuality, childfree living, Doctor Who, and sometimes even politics - not all of it serious.