Levelling the Mental Health Gradient among Young People: How Universal Basic Income can address the crisis in anxiety and depression: Interim Report

Johnson, Elliott, Villadsen, Aase, Mujica, Fiorella Parra, Webster, Hannah, Thorold, Riley, Morrison, James, Mathers, Al, Reed, Howard, Lansley, Stewart, Chen, Tao, Kypridemos, Christodoulos, O'Flaherty, Martin, Nettle, Daniel, Cookson, Richard, Pickett, Kate E. and Johnson, Matthew (2022) Levelling the Mental Health Gradient among Young People: How Universal Basic Income can address the crisis in anxiety and depression: Interim Report. Project Report. Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts Manufactures and Commerce, United Kingdom.

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New research from the RSA in partnership with a multidisciplinary team led by Matthew Johnson, Professor in Politics at Northumbria University, explores the possible benefits of a universal basic income in the UK.In the context of the basic income trial in Wales, which will see care leavers receive £1,600 per month, we identify the potential wellbeing impacts of a more universal trial and the financial implications of the policy.In 2021, the RSA held workshops with young people to understand more about their financial lives, and what impact a UBI might have on their wellbeing. We found that:* The current system does not work for young people and they face a trade-off between work, study and leisure.* Young people realise how important education is to their future, but their efforts are being undermined by a lack of necessary financial security.* Young people support UBI in general and tend to believe a UBI should be paid on top of some existing benefits.The RSA’s workshops are supported by economic analysis from Landman Economics which finds that a UBI is affordable and has potential as a preventative health strategy. Further, new polling reveals high public support for a UBI, suggesting there is appetite to explore the policy beyond the current trial in Wales.

Item Type: Report (Project Report)
Additional Information: Funding information: This work was funded by the Wellcome Trust as part of a project entitled Assessing the prospective impacts of Universal Basic Income (UBI) on anxiety and depression among 14-24-year-olds. This serves as a pilot study for our much broader, long-term examination of the role of Universal Basic Income as a public health measure.
Subjects: L300 Sociology
L400 Social Policy
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
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Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2022 08:32
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2022 08:32
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/49778

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