How To Spend £12 Billion
Without Wasting It On A Track And Trace System Which Doesn’t Work
Our Government has handed over £12bn to private companies for a test and trace system which doesn’t work, reaching fewer than 60% of contacts.
Here’s just one way they could have spent the money instead…
£2k pay rise for all NHS staff
We’ve all been showing our love for the NHS this year, and 85% of us believe NHS workers should have a pay rise.
Run a UBI trial in a major city
Covid-19 has exposed the cruelty and inadequacy of our welfare system like never before. The future is a universal basic income.
Plug the funding black hole for rough sleepers
The Government is offering just £12m to support rough sleepers this winter, which is even less than they gave last year.
Local authorities have a £1bn black hole in funding for homing rough sleepers. We could fill that.
Keep Universal Credit at the higher rate
The extra £20 a week for claimants of Universal Credit has been a lifeline to those of us who need it most.
The Government is going to take it away. Keeping it will cost £7.7bn.
Pay councils what was promised for walking and cycling
Councils were promised £225m for pop up bike lanes, wider pavements and low traffic neighbourhoods.
Only £45m of that has been given out. Let’s hand out the other £180m.
Create a new, rewilded National Park
We have all learned how important nature and Green space is to us each year.
£100m would buy us a new national park the size of Manhattan, and let’s put aside another £50m to rewild and maintain it.
…and still do test and trace properly.
In Germany, they spent just £62m on an app which actually works.
This is just one example of how you could spend that sort of cash. There’s plenty of money to put an effective test and trace system in place while making life better for everyone.
It’s just about making the right choices.
How would you have spent £12 billion?