Basic income pilot scheme for care leavers will be trailed across Wales

Date: 14th March 2022
Category: Looked after children

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From the month after their 18th birthday, young people leaving care in Wales will be offered £1600 per month for two years.

The money will assist provide some of society's most disadvantaged people a better chance of thriving because it would be given unconditionally, and participants will be able to earn money from paid jobs on top of the basic income. Officials will assess if those who participate fare better financially, physically, and emotionally in the long run than those who do not. The scheme, which is expected to begin in the summer, is said to be one of the most generous in the world and will cost the Welsh government £20 million over three years.