Guaranteed Minimum Income

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

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

Sex, drugs and Liberals: Members call for decriminalizing prostitution, illicit drugs at Liberal Party policy convention

OTTAWA — Liberals are calling on the Trudeau government to decriminalize prostitution and eliminate criminal penalties for simple possession and …

Liberal Party

Basic income experts predict an important milestone for free money in 2018

• <b>Advocates for universal basic income expect the idea to become politically mainstream in 2018.</b>• <b><br>Politicians have already started proposing trials for their cities and states.</b>• <b><br>Existing welfare programs could offer a foundation for bringing basic income to the masses, experts agree.</b><p>The world is still a …

Basic Income

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)

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 …

Basic Income

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 …

Basic Income

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 …

Basic Income

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

Discriminating Against The Poor Is Legal. That Must Change

In Ontario, we think it is okay to discriminate against poor people. That doesn't sound right, does it? But it's true.According to a recent survey …

Rights & Freedoms

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 …

Basic Income

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

Deal agreed over Scots marriage allowance

<b>A deal has been struck to ensure that married couples in Scotland will continue to receive an allowance when the new Scottish income tax rates kick in from April.</b><p>At present, the allowance only covers the basic 20p rate.<p>But the law will be changed to extend that to the new Scottish 19p and 21p rates.<p>…

Brexit

Putting Marriage back at the Center of Welfare Reform

For too long, public policy has discouraged low-income couples from tying the knot. The bipartisan legislation we helped pass in Minnesota aims to …

Conservative View

What If Everyone Got a Monthly Check From the Government?

One afternoon in the final days of 2016, Steffie Eronen got a phone call from her husband, Juha. The Eronens had spent Christmas with relatives in …

Basic Income

Healthier kids? Just hand their families cash.

It sounds crude. But a welfare experiment from 100 years ago offers a dramatic lesson in what really helps poor children<p>It might sound like a commonplace, but if we want American adults to be healthier in the future, we should invest in children today. The food we eat when we’re young, the air we …

Politics

Finnish gov't plan for jobless: Apply for work weekly - or lose benefits

In the midst of a public outcry about the Finnish government's plans to activate the unemployed using sticks rather than carrots — even further …

Finland

Minimum Wage Hikes Could Speed Up Automation, Not Relocation: Labour Leaders

MONTREAL — Companies might not be able to dodge rising minimum wages by relocating even their most mobile workforces to lower wage provinces, but …

New Brunswick

Steep drop in donations hits Ontario parties ahead of election

Ontario's political parties raised vastly less money in 2017 than in previous years, a direct result of new restrictions on political …

Bernie Sanders

PSOE Proposes 8% "Social Justice" Tax On Banks

The Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) has proposed a new plan to rescue Spain's faltering pensions system that it would fund via what would amount to an …

Spain

Landlords Reveal The Reality Of Renting To Universal Credit Claimants

One landlord says 70% of his tenants on Universal Credit struggle to pay rent on time.<p>Landlords have spoken of their dismay at problems caused by …

Universal Credit

Tax credit debt - The Universal Credit problem nobody is talking about

<b>By Kate Belgrave</b><p>For months now, Universal Credit has hardly been out of the headlines. From the cost of calling the helpline to long delays in …

Universal Credit

Fury as minister says there is no need to apologise for Universal Credit

An MP has condemned former Work and Pensions Secretary David Gauke after he insisted there was no need to apologise for how Universal Credit has been …

Universal Credit

How might Washington approach welfare reform?

Even if the Trump administration and Congress tackle safety net programs, they'd still likely leave even larger drivers of spending untouched

Poverty

'Volunteer labour' on the federal campaign trail? Elections Canada is on the case.

It’s a question that almost certainly has come up more than once on the hustings over the years: When is a campaign volunteer no longer a …

Basic Income

Economist proposes giving every US baby $20,000 or more

Forget baby showers. There's a proposal to give every newborn in the United States a Baby Bond account with somewhere between $500 and $50,000 in …

Social Justice

Acoss urges crossbenchers to reject 'unnecessarily cruel' welfare overhaul

The Australian Council of Social Service attempts to head off NXT support, saying changes will reduce payments for up to 80,000 people<p>The Australian Council of Social Service is mounting a last-ditch lobbying campaign to convince Senate crossbenchers to oppose the Coalition’s welfare overhaul, …

Nick Xenophon Team