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Coronavirus: Párbeszéd Petition for Basic Income

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.03.27.

Opposition Párbeszéd party will launch an online petition for introducing a basic income as a coronavirus-related crisis management measure, a party lawmaker said on Friday.

Párbeszéd has been campaigning for five years asking the government to introduce a 100,000 forint (EUR 282) basic income for every Hungarian citizen, deputy group leader Bence Tordai told an online press conference.

He said that now there was no time to reform the entire social welfare system, which is why Párbeszéd had come up with a new proposal.

The 1,100 billion forints that would be required for the purpose could be paid from the central budget available due to suspended or cancelled state investment projects, and from the one-percent tax levied on assets worth over 500 million forints, he said.

The scheme would also help unemployed people, those living on social subsidies, students in higher education, public workers, people with disabilities and old-age pensioners, Tordai said.

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