Natalie Bennett: Greens still committed to a ‘Citizens Income’

Natalie Bennett

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Today’, Natalie Bennett has reaffirmed her party’s support for a Citizen’s Income.

Whilst being interviewed the leader of the Green Party of England and Wales said that the commitment to the Citizen's Income is in her party's upcoming election manifesto.

She also said it would take longer than one parliament for the radical proposal to be introduced.

What is a Citizen’s Income?

A recent report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation defined such an ‘income’ as “an unconditional payment to every citizen of a country or territory, with some demographic differentiation in the amount (for example a different flat rate amount paid to each child, each working-age adult and each pensioner).”

Green plans would reportedly mean that each citizen would get £72 per week, something that would cost about £280bn a year.

In the interview, Bennett also said that her party's manifesto will be launched next week, less than one month before the general election. The Scottish Greens have already released their own manifesto which also contains a commitment to the Citizens Income.

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The Green leader also highlighted some other Green policies that would be included in their manifesto. Bennett said her party supports increasing foreign aid to 1% of GDP and that more of a focus should be put on increasing the output produced by renewables. Bennett indicated that 5% of UK energy comes from renewables compared to around 50% for Sweden.

She was also questioned on her party’s record in power, particularly in Brighton Council where they lead a minority administration. The interviewer mentioned that Brighton is ranked 306th out of 326 councils who do recycling well, however, Bennett rejected the premise of the question, before saying that her party were committed to sending a strong group of Green MPs to Parliament in exactly one month’s time.

Overall, Bennett performed decently in her interview, doing nowhere near as bad as the she did in her infamous ‘car-crash’ interview a few months ago on LBC. Her party has experienced a recent surge in support and increased membership, but how that will play out when voters go to the polls in one month is yet to be seen.


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