Sunak Opposes Welsh Labours Plan for £1,600 Monthly Migrant Payments

Rishi Sunak criticises Welsh Labour Government’s plans for £1,600 monthly payments to some migrants



The United Kingdom’s Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, has strongly criticised the Welsh Labour Government’s plans to provide £1,600 in monthly Universal Basic Income (UBI) to some migrants, calling it a “daft idea” during today’s Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs).

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In response to a question from Tory MP Chris Clarkson, Sunak assured the UK Government would not consider the Welsh Government’s proposal in the forthcoming Small Boats Bill. Sunak stated, “We’re stopping the boats, Labour’s paying for them!”. The Prime Minister further revealed that the Ministry of Justice and Welsh Department warned the Welsh Government that any migrants enrolled in the UBI scheme would be ineligible for free legal aid, as it is means tested.


The controversy began when it was discovered that the Welsh Government would allow young asylum seekers to enrol in the taxpayer-funded scheme, which grants Welsh care leavers £1,600 per month, pre-tax, for 24 months from the month after their 18th birthday. The PMQs saw heated exchanges between Rishi Sunak and Opposition Leader Keir Starmer, touching on crime and public services issues ahead of the May local elections.


The Welsh Government’s plans to include some migrants in their UBI scheme have ignited a heated debate within the UK Government, with strong opposition from the Prime Minister and others. The controversy has highlighted broader issues surrounding immigration and public services in the UK.

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