Edinburgh West MP, Christine Jardine, has asked Prime Minister Boris Johnson if he will consider a universal basic income to ensure that those not currently covered by government schemes receive support through the coronavirus pandemic.
The Liberal Democrat was one of over 170 MPs who called on Chancellor Rishi Sunak to introduce a UBI in March.
She also cited that as redundancies mount owing to the pandemic, women and people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds are likely to be particularly affected.
Speaking at PMQs today, Ms Jardine said:
“There are 3 million people in this country at the moment who get no support because they are self-employed or on contracts.”
“Our black, Asian, and ethnic minority communities have an unemployment rate which is twice the national average and women are disproportionately affected by Covid-19.”
“The Prime Minister says he stands ready to help – will he look at a universal basic income so these people can get the help that they need, now?”