Today, Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey has written to the Chancellor urging him to set up a Citizen's Income, which should act as a minimum income guaranteed to all UK adults, as part of the government's response to the coronavirus crisis.
In the letter (below) he also sets out proposals for a subsided salary scheme, a self-employed income guarantee and a boost to Statutory Sick Pay.
Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said:
"The threat the Coronavirus crisis poses to our country is the greatest many of us will have ever experienced. And every day that the government fails to take adequate action to help workers and the self-employed is another day that millions of people are worrying about how they are going to put food on the table.
"It is the Government’s duty to do everything in its power to protect those facing destitution as a result of this pandemic. That is why I am calling on the Chancellor to back these measures – measures that could be instantly deployed to help all those in desperate need during the crisis.
"By subsidising salaries for workers, guaranteeing incomes for the self-employed and boosting sick pay we can ensure that we are not only protecting our economy, but our society. That is why am I also urging the Chancellor to back a Citizen’s Income, and quickly, to ensure those most in need have financial security.
"The government must act to stop millions falling into destitution, the consequences are too great otherwise."