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While Plaid Cymru supported the pilot and called for it to be extended, The Welsh Conservatives has said it was a waste of money.
But former youth worker Alex Sommerville told BBC Radio Wales Breakfast that the scheme could discourage some young people from continuing with education.
“Some would still want to go for education or work, but there is a part of me thinking, if you’re getting that wage every month, why would you?” she asked.
Somerville suggested the Welsh government use the money to hire youth workers on a living wage, “rather than just giving money to (care leavers) for a two-year period and expecting it to solve their problems.”
Future generations commissioner for Wales Sophie Howe highlighted that while the trial is not of a “full” universal basic income, she welcomed it as a first step towards “a full UBI programme which would provide that safety net for all and deliver a more equal, prosperous Wales.”
The plans differ from the concept of a universal basic income promoted by advocates around the world by targeting the income at one sector of society, and will be called a basic income pilot to reflect that.
“The challenges of the future are not going away, and must be met sooner rather than later. The cost-of-living crisis we are currently facing paints a grim picture, particularly for the most vulnerable in Welsh society, and we need to ensure people are given the help they need,” Howe told the Big Issue.