Tag Archives: benefits sanctions

What party members think about a universal basic income and benefits sanctions

Lib Dem Voice has polled our members-only forum  to discover what Lib Dem members think of various political issues, the Coalition, and the performance of key party figures. 741 party members responded – thank you – and we’re publishing the full results.

The social security debate at Conference this afternoon will be dominated by two major arguments. George Potter recommended rejection of the motion as a whole because it chose not to endorse a universal basic income and because it supports the use, albeit much restricted, of sanctions. Supporters of the UBI may well support an amendment calling for a negative income tax from Calderdale while an amendment signed by members opposes the use of benefits sanctions in any circumstances. We asked our members what they thought of the idea of UBI and sanctions.

Are you in favour of a universal basic income?

Yes 60.32%

No  39.68%

Here are some of the comments made:

It would be a clear, distinct policy and place the Party firmly on the “Left” (which, as Charles Kennedy and Paddy Ashdown proved) is the only place it can survive.

The nature of work is changing and society needs to catch up. The markets can no longer be a funnel for the rich to build up their wealth. Redistribution needs to be far more aggressive.

No. It is fundementally wrong as it discriminates against the most vulnerable in society. Common denominators always end up being the lowest.

Posted in Conference and LDV Members poll | Also tagged and | 27 Comments
Advert



Recent Comments

  • User AvatarMichael 1 20th Jul - 3:38pm
    @David Raw I appreciate that your line is always woe is the Lib Dems. And as I commented recently it is unlikely that we will...
  • User AvatarJoseph Bourke 20th Jul - 3:36pm
    The observation of the senior press person about the forces of gravity holding Lib Dem polling figures below the double-digit mark, that “We were playing...
  • User AvatarJohn Kelly 20th Jul - 3:28pm
    You may be delighted to announce Bournemouth again Geoff but I am disappointed that for the 5th year in a row we'll be on the...
  • User AvatarPeter Watson 20th Jul - 2:57pm
    @David Raw "What’s the difference between Bletchley and Northamptonshire ?" I've no local knowledge, but here (http://britainelects.com/2018/07/18/previews-19-jul-2018/), Andrew Teale (every week!) writes an excellent preview...
  • User AvatarDavid Raw 20th Jul - 2:40pm
    What's the difference between Bletchley and Northamptonshire ? Can it be that one broke some sweat and put some effort in and the other one...
  • User AvatarDavid Raw 20th Jul - 2:28pm
    Wera could also point out that the Ministry of Defence has got over ten thousand houses standing empty as a result of a privatised deal...