Councillors in Hull will ask the government if they can launch a universal basic income (UBI) trial as the welfare shake-up continues to gather pace in the north of England.
Matt Jukes, the chief executive of Hull City Council, will pen a letter to chancellor Sajid Javid to request a pilot which will see every adult in the East Yorkshire city paid between £50 and £100 a week if approved.
People with additional needs would receive more with those on disability benefits receiving the equivalent amount.
A campaign has been started to get Hull to trial a Universal Basic Income – where everyone is paid a certain amount per month by the Gov regardless of if they’re in or out of work. Cllr @paulypauluk has proposed a motion to the council urging it write to the Gov about the idea. pic.twitter.com/WYWKr37LuR
— David Harrison (@DaveHarrisonBBC) January 13, 2020
Hull councillors gave the plans their backing at a meeting last week in the latest boost to universal basic income plans in the north of England.
The pioneering payment method was a key part of Labour’s manifesto for the last general election with shadow chancellor John McDonnell promising a trial of UBI in Liverpool and Sheffield if the party had come out on top.