29/01/2017 BBC Wales Today


29/01/2017

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Good evening.

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Introducing a Universal Basic Income in Wales would be a "worrying

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and extremely expensive socialist experiment", a leading

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economist has warned.

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Earlier this month, the Finance Secretary

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said the idea of paying

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every citizen an unconditional sum of money was "attractive"

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and could help tackle poverty and inequality.

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But Professor Patrick Minford told Sunday Politics Wales

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the scheme "isn't workable".

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More from our political reporter, Cemlyn Davies.

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Should every single citizen receive an automatic basic income

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to spend however they want, no strings attached?

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It isn't a new question.

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Philosophers have debated it for centuries.

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But the policy does have fresh support from the left and the right,

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and here in Wales, the Finance Secretary recently

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described the idea as attractive.

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It's an idea with considerable roots in our social policy.

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Always struggled to manage to find a practical way

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of taking it forward.

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But there is an opportunity for us in Wales to watch

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what is being attempted elsewhere.

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It isn't clear if or how the Welsh government could introduce

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a universal basic income, but Mark Drakeford says he will keep

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an eye on developments in Scotland, where there are efforts to launch

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pilot schemes in Glasgow and Fife.

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The initiative has cross-party support and the backing

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of the RSA think tank.

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It explains a basic income would be paid to everyone,

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regardless of whether they work or not and so there is an extra

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incentive for unemployed people to find a job as they wouldn't have

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to worry about losing benefits as happens under the current system.

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With a basic income, moving from a system where you weren't

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working into one where you were, you won't face those penalties.

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You retain your consistent payment throughout that period.

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You are given security to be able to choose to work.

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And also to actually to be able to choose work or training,

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or to set up your own business.

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This is not a workable scheme because it is far too expensive.

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It creates a tremendous tax and disincentive for the average

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person further up the income scale who is paying the taxes

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to fund the whole thing.

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Mark Drakeford has said he thinks this is an attractive idea.

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Does that worry you?

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Well it is quite worrying for Wales because it is very expensive.

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If Wales does it on its own it is going to be very expensive.

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Critics also claim a universal basic income could encourage laziness

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and increase immigration.

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The First Minister has criticised President Donald Trump's decision

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to institute a 90-day travel ban for nationals from Iran,

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Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

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Carwyn Jones said the impact on "law-abiding citizens"

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was beyond any "rational defence".

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He also criticised the Prime Minister's response

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to Mr Trump's executive order.

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Mr Jones says he'll raise the matter with Theresa May when they meet

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tomorrow for the Joint Ministerial Committee.

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Police have renewed an appeal for information

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about the death of a baby boy - exactly a year after his body

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was found in Newport.

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The newborn child was discovered on land near Imperial

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Park in Coedkernew.

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He'd been wrapped in a white towel from the city's

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St Anne's Hospice, and put in a black leather-style bag.

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Despite numerous appeals, Gwent Police have been unable

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to identify the baby's mother.

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Boxing, and the former light welterweight world champion

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Amir Khan says Lee Selby needs a high profile fight to take his

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career to the next level.

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Selby said he was left almost in tears

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after his IBF featherweight world title defence against

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Jonathan Victor Barros in Las Vegas was called off with 24 hours to go.

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There's talk Carl Frampton and Abner Mares -

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the WBA super and regular champions - could be

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future opponents.

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Selby's not really had that one big fight that

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can make him that name, give him that name for

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people to recognise him.

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And beating someone like Mares or fighting someone like the winner

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of Santa Cruz and Frampton, will definitely take him

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to a different level.

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They are big names in the world of boxing and they have titles,

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so I think definitely by beating one of them big names.

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Selby will be right up there.

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A look at the weather forecast, and the rain will clear,

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leaving a cloudy and mild night for all.

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There'll be mist, low cloud and fog over the hills.

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Tomorrow will be a cloudy and mild day.

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It'll look grey and murky from the start, with hill fog.

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Rain will gradually spread north and east, though it will be lighter

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and patchier than today.

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Top temperature 10 Celsius.

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That's Wales Today.

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Good

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Good evening.

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