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Introducing a Universal Basic Income in Wales would be a "worrying
and extremely expensive socialist experiment", a leading
economist has warned.
Earlier this month, the Finance Secretary
said the idea of paying
every citizen an unconditional sum of money was "attractive"
and could help tackle poverty and inequality.
But Professor Patrick Minford told Sunday Politics Wales
the scheme "isn't workable".
More from our political reporter, Cemlyn Davies.
Should every single citizen receive an automatic basic income
to spend however they want, no strings attached?
It isn't a new question.
Philosophers have debated it for centuries.
But the policy does have fresh support from the left and the right,
and here in Wales, the Finance Secretary recently
described the idea as attractive.
It's an idea with considerable roots in our social policy.
Always struggled to manage to find a practical way
of taking it forward.
But there is an opportunity for us in Wales to watch
what is being attempted elsewhere.
It isn't clear if or how the Welsh government could introduce
a universal basic income, but Mark Drakeford says he will keep
an eye on developments in Scotland, where there are efforts to launch
pilot schemes in Glasgow and Fife.
The initiative has cross-party support and the backing
of the RSA think tank.
It explains a basic income would be paid to everyone,
regardless of whether they work or not and so there is an extra
incentive for unemployed people to find a job as they wouldn't have
to worry about losing benefits as happens under the current system.
With a basic income, moving from a system where you weren't
working into one where you were, you won't face those penalties.
You retain your consistent payment throughout that period.
You are given security to be able to choose to work.
And also to actually to be able to choose work or training,
or to set up your own business.
This is not a workable scheme because it is far too expensive.
It creates a tremendous tax and disincentive for the average
person further up the income scale who is paying the taxes
to fund the whole thing.
Mark Drakeford has said he thinks this is an attractive idea.
Does that worry you?
Well it is quite worrying for Wales because it is very expensive.
If Wales does it on its own it is going to be very expensive.
Critics also claim a universal basic income could encourage laziness
and increase immigration.
The First Minister has criticised President Donald Trump's decision
to institute a 90-day travel ban for nationals from Iran,
Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
Carwyn Jones said the impact on "law-abiding citizens"
was beyond any "rational defence".
He also criticised the Prime Minister's response
to Mr Trump's executive order.
Mr Jones says he'll raise the matter with Theresa May when they meet
tomorrow for the Joint Ministerial Committee.
Police have renewed an appeal for information
about the death of a baby boy - exactly a year after his body
was found in Newport.
The newborn child was discovered on land near Imperial
Park in Coedkernew.
He'd been wrapped in a white towel from the city's
St Anne's Hospice, and put in a black leather-style bag.
Despite numerous appeals, Gwent Police have been unable
to identify the baby's mother.
Boxing, and the former light welterweight world champion
Amir Khan says Lee Selby needs a high profile fight to take his
career to the next level.
Selby said he was left almost in tears
after his IBF featherweight world title defence against
Jonathan Victor Barros in Las Vegas was called off with 24 hours to go.
There's talk Carl Frampton and Abner Mares -
the WBA super and regular champions - could be
Selby's not really had that one big fight that
can make him that name, give him that name for
people to recognise him.
And beating someone like Mares or fighting someone like the winner
of Santa Cruz and Frampton, will definitely take him
to a different level.
They are big names in the world of boxing and they have titles,
so I think definitely by beating one of them big names.
Selby will be right up there.
A look at the weather forecast, and the rain will clear,
leaving a cloudy and mild night for all.
There'll be mist, low cloud and fog over the hills.
Tomorrow will be a cloudy and mild day.
It'll look grey and murky from the start, with hill fog.
Rain will gradually spread north and east, though it will be lighter
and patchier than today.
Top temperature 10 Celsius.
That's Wales Today.