Basic Income

A Basic Income for Everyone? It's Not a Crazy Idea

Machines might displace lots of workers. Here's a possible fix.<p>If there’s one policy that can unite socialists and Silicon Valley libertarians, it’s universal basic income -- a regular payment from the government to each and every adult, regardless of income. Many socialists like the unconditional …

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This U.S. City Will Give Its Poorest People $500 a Month — No Strings Attached

The mayor wants to provide a universal basic income<p>The mayor of Stockton, Calif. wants to provide a universal basic income for the city’s poorest …

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Northern California city tries universal basic income

A Northern California city plans to give several dozen families $500 a month for a year as part of a program to study the economic and social impacts …

Business

You Should Not Need a Job to Get Help

The Trump administration recently announced a historic change in Medicaid policy: It will allow states to require people to work in order to receive coverage. The idea is that more people will be nudged into paid work, helping them “rise out of poverty and attain independence,” as a letter sent to …

Liberal View

Schneider: Income tax reform would grow Iowa’s economy

I frequently talk about the need for income tax reform. An editorial in the Wall Street Journal last month helped illustrate the need. In it, the …

Des Moines

UBI — Universal Basic Income, explained simply

● UBI stands for Unconditional/Universal Basic Income.<p>● UBI is a foundational income floor. It lifts everyone up out of poverty where we all deserve …

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Universal Credit: Four people reveal their experiences as it's rolled out across Birmingham

Foodbank users at the sharp end of the Government's introduction of Universal Credit have spoken about their struggles with the heavily-criticised …

Birmingham, UK

Post-work: the radical idea of a world without jobs

Work has ruled our lives for centuries, and it does so today more than ever. But a new generation of thinkers insists there is an alternative. By Andy Beckett<p>Work is the master of the modern world. For most people, it is impossible to imagine society without it. It dominates and pervades everyday …

Long-form Journalism

Finland, where your welfare is unconditional

<b>Every month, €560, the equivalent of $667 or £495, appears in Marja-Liisa Lähteinen’s bank account, from the Finnish government. Lähteinen, 32, who</b> …

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Experts Say Universal Basic Income Could Reach The Mainstream in 2018

The debate is getting serious.<p>Though not new, the concept of universal basic income (UBI) - a system in which all people, regardless of occupation, …

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A right-wing think tank is now supporting Universal Basic Income – but they’ve missed the point

UBI (universal basic income) is now firmly in mainstream political discourse. Political parties, activist groups and now even think tanks such as the …

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Rise in duty-free allowance could cost hundreds of thousands of jobs: study

U.S. pushing for Canada to increase the duty-free allowance as part of ongoing NAFTA talks<p>A new study commissioned by the Retail Council of Canada …

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Ministers should consider implementing universal basic income, says free market think-tank

Ministers should consider implementing the radical policy of a universal basic income, according to a new report by a free market think-tank.<p>The Adam …

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The safety net in Republican states is about to get skimpier

KENTUCKY, a poor, rural state nostalgic for coal, has never been quite sure of its politics. For three years it was the darling of Obamacare. …

Health Care

Cepeda: We can’t let robots steal all of our jobs

CHICAGO — In a world that seems in constant danger of going over the edge, why isn’t more effort going into making sure robots don’t steal every last …

Robots

Nicola Sturgeon demands 'failing' Universal Credit system be scrapped

The First Minister urges new Work and Pension Secretary to bin benefit system that has plunged Scots into poverty.<p>Nicola Sturgeon has demanded the …

Referendums

What happens when the jobs dry up in the new world? The left must have an answer

We need to address the questions raised by rapid automation, and find new ways to redistribute power<p>If modern Britain has a defining problem, it boils down to an across-the-board failure to leave the past behind. Brexit, self-evidently, is a profoundly retrogressive project, helmed by Tory …

Opinion (UK)

Automation, robots and the 'end of work' myth

Can you imagine travelling to work in a robotic “Jonnycab” like the one predicted in the cult Arnold Schwarzenegger movie Total Recall? The image …

Bertrand Russell

How government policy is forcing poor people into catastrophic debt

The benefit cap, zero-hours contracts, and now universal credit have all exacerbated the debt burden on people already struggling to eat and pay rent<p>It is extraordinarily expensive to be poor. The less money you have, the more many things are likely to cost. Those with the lowest incomes are often …

Opinion (UK)

THE BEADY EYE ASKS: IT IS NOT TIME THAT WE TACKLED THE INEQUALITY PARASITE THAT IS AND HAS FOR CENTURIES TORN OUR WORLD APART.

( An Eighteen minute read)<p>You could describe the history of the world in four words ” Kill or be Killed”<p>If we were honest looking at the state of our …

Universal Basic Income

SAK to stage a strike in protest of activation model

Jarkko Eloranta, the chairperson of SAK, rejected the assurances given by the government that the activation model would improve unemployment …

Finland

Childcare vouchers are being replaced - here's what it means for you

Many parents are eligible for help with the costs of childcare, thanks to schemes backed by the Government.<p>But major changes come into effect in …

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Economists debate effects of proposed Manitoba Hydro rate hike on province's economy

Giving Manitoba Hydro six years of 7.9 per cent annual rate increases will cost 3,800 Manitobans their jobs and damage the province's gross domestic …

Economy

Instead of Work Requirements, Why Not a Jobs Guarantee?

Paying people to work would be a more direct—and less expensive—way to lift them out of poverty.<p>The Trump administration has been signaling for months that it plans to implement conservative reforms to core federal welfare programs, including by allowing states to have work requirements for …

Social Work

Money for nothing: is Finland's universal basic income trial too good to be true?

Europe’s first national experiment in giving citizens free cash has attracted huge media attention. But one year in, what does this project really hope to prove?<p>One year on from its launch, the world remains fascinated by Finland’s groundbreaking universal basic income trial: Europe’s first …

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Stop working, universal basic income is ready to go mainstream

Universal basic income (UBI) is a 500-year-old idea that will finally go mainstream in 2018. Invented by Sir Thomas More in Utopia, his 1516 "no …

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Trump Thinks Only Black People Are on Welfare, but, Really, White Americans Receive Most Benefits

President Donald Trump was apparently unaware that not all—in fact, the vast majority—of welfare beneficiaries are not black as recently as last …

Donald Trump

End Work Requirements for Welfare Once and for All

During the first year of Trump’s tenure, conservative governors were salivating at the federal government’s doorstep, waiting for the president to …

Liberal View

Top challenges for new work and pensions secretary

<b>What are the key issues facing new Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey?</b><p>1. TRUST<p>Esther McVey's promotion to cabinet this week was Theresa May's most controversial move. The former TV presenter is loved by some in her party but has become something of a hate figure to some of her critics, with …

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What changes are planned for Universal Credit and free school meals and why are campaigners worried?

A charity said the Government is missing a “golden opportunity” to reduce poverty, as it plans changes to the number of Universal Credit claimants …

Universal Credit