Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has written an opinion piece for the Sunday Herald calling for the government to reconsider its opposition to a coronavirus Universal Basic Income. In the editorial, Mr Carmichael noted his past scepticism of basic income proposals, but argued that gaps in current financial support meant that too many people were being left behind and that a new approach was needed.
Speaking after publication, Mr Carmichael said:
“When I hear again and again from constituents who feel that they are falling through the cracks through no fault of their own, it is clear that the government needs to think again about a coronavirus universal basic income. Since publication I have heard from people from the left and the right backing this approach. This is no time to be close-minded about policy solutions.
“I have been sceptical myself about the merits of UBI, but these are exceptional circumstances. We may yet find that what seems to be a radical policy now can teach us a great deal about how our society should work in the future.”