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Basic Income

EDM number 974 in 2015-16, proposed by Caroline Lucas on 19/01/2016.
Categorised under the topics of Benefits policy, Incomes and poverty and Pay.

That this House notes the growing crisis of low pay and precarity in a labour market increasingly characterised by casualised forms of employment that offer little in the way of pay, predictable hours or long-term security; further notes the evident inability of our bureaucratically costly social security system, with its dependence on means-testing and often arbitrary sanctions, to provide an adequate income floor; believes that a Basic Income, an unconditional, non-withdrawable income paid to everyone, has the potential to offer genuine social security to all while boosting entrepreneurialism and the creation of small businesses; welcomes the ongoing exploration of the concept of a Basic Income by the thinktank Compass, the innovation charity Nesta, the Royal Society of Arts, and others; further welcomes the planned practical experiments in Finland and the Netherlands; and calls on the Government to fund and commission further research into the possibilities offered by the various Basic Income models, their feasibility, their potential to guarantee additional help for those who need it most, and how the complex economic and social challenges of introducing a Basic Income might be met.

This motion has been signed by a total of 35 MPs.

Caroline Lucas19/01/2016Brighton, PavilionGreenProposed
Neil Gray19/01/2016Airdrie and ShottsScottish National PartySeconded
Paul Monaghan20/01/2016Caithness, Sutherland and Easter RossScottish National PartySeconded
Angela Crawley20/01/2016Lanark and Hamilton EastScottish National PartySeconded
Chris Stephens20/01/2016Glasgow South WestScottish National PartySeconded
Ronnie Campbell20/01/2016Blyth ValleyLabourSeconded
Ronnie Cowan21/01/2016InverclydeScottish National PartySigned
Alison Thewliss21/01/2016Glasgow CentralScottish National PartySigned
Chris Law21/01/2016Dundee WestScottish National PartySigned
John Nicolson22/01/2016East DunbartonshireScottish National PartySigned
Mhairi Black22/01/2016Paisley and Renfrewshire SouthScottish National PartySigned
Drew Hendry22/01/2016Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and StrathspeyScottish National PartySigned
Steven Paterson25/01/2016StirlingScottish National PartySigned
Yasmin Qureshi25/01/2016Bolton South EastLabourSigned
Angus MacNeil25/01/2016Na h-Eileanan an IarScottish National PartySigned
Martyn Day25/01/2016Linlithgow and East FalkirkScottish National PartySigned
Tommy Sheppard25/01/2016Edinburgh EastScottish National PartySigned
Margaret Ferrier26/01/2016Rutherglen and Hamilton WestScottish National PartySigned
Kelvin Hopkins26/01/2016Luton NorthLabourSigned
Stephen Hepburn27/01/2016JarrowLabourSigned
Alasdair McDonnell27/01/2016Belfast SouthSocial Democratic and Labour PartySigned
Margaret Ritchie27/01/2016South DownSocial Democratic and Labour PartySigned
Callum McCaig27/01/2016Aberdeen SouthScottish National PartySigned
Patricia Gibson28/01/2016North Ayrshire and ArranScottish National PartySigned
George Kerevan01/02/2016East LothianScottish National PartySigned
Joanna Cherry01/02/2016Edinburgh South WestScottish National PartySigned
Tasmina Sheikh01/02/2016Ochil and South PerthshireScottish National PartySigned
Corri Wilson04/02/2016Ayr, Carrick and CumnockScottish National PartySigned
Anne McLaughlin10/02/2016Glasgow North EastScottish National PartySigned
Geraint Davies01/03/2016Swansea WestLabourSigned
Stuart Donaldson02/03/2016West Aberdeenshire and KincardineScottish National PartySigned
Rupa Huq16/03/2016Ealing Central and ActonLabourSigned
Jim Cunningham13/04/2016Coventry SouthLabourSigned
Michelle Thomson18/04/2016Edinburgh WestScottish National PartySigned
Roger Godsiff19/04/2016Birmingham, Hall GreenLabourSigned

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