Commenting on the new study on universal basic income commissioned by the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales, Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Social Partnership, Joel James MS said:
“Once again we see the fantasy idea of universal basic income touted by a Welsh Government sponsored body, however, it fails to capture the essence that means-testing and fairness is of fundamental importance to the integrity of our welfare state.
“The Labour Government in Cardiff Bay would rather some of the richest in society receive taxpayers hard earned money rather than those who need it the most, all in the name of ideological purity.
“Universal basic income is a fantasy idea and one which has repeatedly been abandoned in other countries but pursued by hardened left-wing professors and academics who have no idea how to generate a thriving and prosperous economy.
“Ultimately, what Wales desperately needs is an ambitious plan to level-up opportunity and deliver economic prosperity across the country, not a blank cheque that buys nothing but popularity with the far-left.”