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The momentum in favour of universal basic income is gathering. John McDonnell, the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, recently announced the Labour Party was establishing a working group to investigate UBI. Round about the same time, at our SSM/MMU event on Universal Basic Income, featuring Karl Widerquist, we asked people who came three things:why they were interested in UBI, how their or others’ lives might change if UBI were introduced and what alternative policies might be introduced to achieve the same ends as UBI? Interest in UBI Interests in UBI were wide ranging. Several people wanted to know if and […]
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A Citizen’s Basic Income is an unconditional, automatic and nonwithdrawable payment to each individual as a right of citizenship. (A Citizen’s Basic Income (CBI) is sometimes called a Basic Income (BI) or a Citizen’s Income (CI)) ‘Unconditional’: A CBI would vary with age, but there would be no other conditions: so everyone of the same age would receive the same CBI, whatever their gender, employment status, family structure, contribution to society, housing costs, or anything else. ‘Automatic’: Someone’s CBI would be paid weekly or monthly, automatically. ‘Nonwithdrawable’: CBIs would not be means-tested. If someone’s earnings or wealth increased, then their […]
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On a cold January day, the room of about 60 people was buzzing towards the end of Karl Widerquist’s talk on Universal Basic Income: The Cornerstone of a Just Society at the SSM/MMU event on January 30th 2017. Later that same week World Basic Income http://www.worldbasicincome.org.uk/ held its first conference in Salford and the themes of social justice, freedom and poverty alleviation were all discussed again, taking up issues of distributive justice, a return to the commons and the need to have a world-wide system. Karl Widerquist and SSM’s Judith Emanuel and Carolyn Kagan Karl answered, amongst other things, the […]
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There are two areas where the Association may have something useful to contribute to the debate which the Labour Party must  have about social security. Firstly, the assessment of disability and capacity for work.  Our policy is that assessment should be carried out by the NHS and that there should be a non means tested benefit to meet the additional costs faced by disabled people. The assessment process would be improved if all health records about a patient were linked together. The present assessment processes are perceived as oppressive and coercive and are conducted by commercial organisations which appear to be target […]
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