Half of Britons back plan to pay all UK citizens regardless of employment

Nearly half of Britons would support giving all citizens a cash allowance, regardless of whether they were employed, according to a new survey.

Once considered a policy belonging firmly to the radical left, polling by the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Bath found that 49 per cent of 18 to 75-year-olds supported the introduction of a Universal Basic Income (UBI).

If UBI were to be established in the UK, it would drastically overhaul the welfare state by providing a set payment to cover the basic needs for every citizen.

In total, 1,111 adults were polled about a form of UBI that covered basic needs such as food and clothing, but not housing costs.

Only about a quarter (26 per cent) of those surveyed by Ipsos-MORI opposed the introduction of UBI.

Yet although almost half of people approved of the policy in theory, support for the concept dropped radically when people were asked to consider UBI funding through increased taxation. independent.co.uk