MercoPress, en Español

Montevideo, March 25th 2023 - 00:50 UTC



Proposal to give £10,000 per year to every UK citizen under 55

Friday, February 16th 2018 - 09:53 UTC
Full article 11 comments

The United Kingdom government should give £10,000 per year to every citizen under 55, a report suggests. The Royal Society for the encouragement of the Arts, Manufactrurers and Commerce (RSA) says it could pave the way to everyone getting a basic state wage. The Labour Party has also said it is looking into similar arguments for a Universal Basic Income (UBI). Read full article


Disclaimer & comment rules
  • Equality4All

    I am so very upset at this unjust suggestion, it is a kick in the teeth for all people aged over 55, every citizen should mean just that everyone. People over 55 need it the most, so if your over 55 you can just stay in poverty and watch younger people have a more fruitful life, what an utter disgrace I’m so ashamed of this country. There should NEVER be an age restriction on who gets financial help or the message is after 55 you are worthless. People are in more poverty after 55 with many health and unfair discrimination about jobs so re- think letting people over the age of 55 down in this way it’s the most upsetting and unjust idea I have ever read.

    Feb 16th, 2018 - 04:26 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • HughJuanCoeurs

    I worked hard all my working life (which began at fourteen for those cosseted youngsters amongst us) and scraped everything I could together to give my family a good start and to provide for my retirement plus the care for my parents and my in-laws. My pensions are being eroded constantly and now some f*ckwit Think-tank wants to give everyone younger than me a £10k annual handout? This sounds like a real “Think” piece... ill-considered.

    Feb 16th, 2018 - 10:19 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Enrique Massot

    Would never expect distinguished MP commentators to be in support of an universal income concept.

    However, in spite of this progressive, forward-thinking group of individuals, this is an idea that is slowly but surely making its way as one possible way to provide a firm safety net preventing extreme pauperization and therefore keeping society functioning in a better way than the current one in which if you fail, you fail - too bad for you.

    It also is an appropriate response to the deep transformations of the concept of work that automation and robotization are bringing along. You sure don't want to marginalize people who lose quality jobs through no fault of their own and we all fare better if they keep properly living and eating, in a word, keep spending.

    Hey, someday we'll go back to thinking as community instead of behaving like a bunch of Troglodytes fighting for the water hole.

    Oh, and Juan, are you mad at the idea just because you are already retired and could not take advantage of it?

    Feb 19th, 2018 - 01:11 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Equality4All

    People of all ages need to think carefully of this issue because one day you will be 55 and won’t get anything either, so don’t indulge in selfish thoughts of how much you want the money for yourself and anyone who actually needs it to survive can be left in poverty. So sad when money rears it’s head it’s everyone for themselves, try to think of others it’s not all about you and gimmie gimmie now. The world has to many selfish trolls and not enough people who step back to think and maybe eventually realise that this could also effect them in the future. When people are 55 they are not a pensionable age so it’s a complete mystery why this age was chosen if indeed any age should be chosen which it should not. I think it’s an easy target to chose an age group that is vulnerable because people think in the now instead of the future. Can you imagine the furore if it was all people over 55 because those same people who are for this would again not realise they to will be 55 one day. Don’t jump in with irrational thoughts over shadowed by money now, take the time to weigh up what this means for people now and in the future. It’s actually very concerning for all. It’s savvy to think of the bigger picture.

    Feb 19th, 2018 - 05:49 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • DemonTree

    Equality4All and HughJuanCoeurs, is the over-55 thing your ownly obection? Because it sure sounds like it. I was wondering why they chose 55 too; perhaps it's because the money is supposed to allow people to retrain for new jobs as automation takes over, and people over that age will be retiring within the next 10 years so are unlikely to be affected.

    Feb 19th, 2018 - 07:07 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Equality4All

    Demon Tree, d e r do ya think it’s something to do with the age 10 out of 10 it says it in the actual comment, I take it that you’ll never get to 55 so your not bothered. Well I’m hoping to reach 55 and when I do pension isn’t till 68 soooooo a long time if you lose your job or want to retrain for all those long years ahead till retirement. Can we just have adults post on here please and ones that can read. Thanks ha ha had

    Feb 19th, 2018 - 09:11 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • DemonTree

    Uh, maybe you could learn to read and write yourself, before criticising my reading comprehension? If they gave this money to everyone in the country, including all those over 55, would you be happy with the plan?

    Feb 20th, 2018 - 12:21 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Equality4All

    I rest my case. Next

    Feb 20th, 2018 - 05:44 am - Link - Report abuse -1
  • golfcronie

    I wonder where all this money is coming from? Why not just say “ don't pay income tax we can afford it ”. I still pay income tax and I am over 75 and I struggle to make ends meet.Pension will go up by the usual 2.5% and the Gas and Elec will go up by 40% and the council tax by ?

    Feb 20th, 2018 - 09:45 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Loong

    The question is why is this piece appearing in Mercopenguin, a British government propaganda organ supposedly devoted to America, South America and the “South Atlantic”?

    Feb 22nd, 2018 - 04:44 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Clem

    The question is why is this piece appearing in Mercopenguin, a British government propaganda organ supposedly devoted to America, South America and the “South Atlantic”?

    Feb 23rd, 2018 - 04:17 am - Link - Report abuse 0

Commenting for this story is now closed.
If you have a Facebook account, become a fan and comment on our Facebook Page!