AQW 9133/16-21

Mr Robin Swann
Ulster Unionist Party
North Antrim

Tabled Date: 09/01/2017
Answered On Date: 16/01/2017
Priority Written: No

To ask the Minister for Communities whether he has, or intends to explore the potential of a universal basic income model instead of the current benefit system.

The current system of income related social security benefits is being replaced by Universal Credit in September 2017. There are currently no plans for a further overhaul of the social security system to change to a universal basic income model where all citizens or residents of a country would regularly receive an unconditional sum of money, either from a government or some other public institution, in addition to any income received from elsewhere.