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The case for a universal basic income is stronger than ever

It's been derided by critics as unrealistic. But Covid-19 has breathed new life into an age-old idea

By Stewart Lansley  

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One side effect of the Covid-19 crisis has been a remarkable upsurge in interest in the idea of a Universal Basic Income (UBI). In the UK, over 170 MPs and Lords across parties have called for an “Emergency UBI,” while 84 per cent of the public now back its introduction. Spain, especially heavily hit by the epidemic,…

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