Basic Income

Will Universal Income Be The Cure To Poverty?

Danielle Cuaycong | Posted 12.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Danielle Cuaycong

In a chaotic world of dividing political views and rising inequality, it comes as no surprise that the term universal basic income has been thrown around incessantly in an attempt to see it as the missing 'cure' to the mess in some of the world's leading economies.

A Progressive Alliance Is The Only Way To Defeat The Conservatives

Joseph Finlay | Posted 01.10.2017 | UK Politics
Joseph Finlay

Would a progressive alliance make much difference? Opponents of the idea argue that, for the Tories to be defeated, most seats need to move from Conservative to Labour, so the aim must be to persuade Conservative areas to switch sides. This is a category error - it looks at seats when it needs to look at votes.

The Basic Income Can Fix Corbyn's Nuclear Problems

Martin Whitlock | Posted 29.09.2017 | UK Politics
Martin Whitlock

In the same way, if all those highly skilled, motivated workers destined to work on Hinkley or Trident had the opportunity to decide for themselves how to participate in the economy, their combined output would undoubtedly be far more valuable than the two vast nuclear white elephants that are now in prospect.

How I Got Through The Edinburgh Fringe On Benefits

Samantha Pressdee | Posted 22.09.2017 | UK Comedy
Samantha Pressdee

This year I took my topless comedy show 'Sextremist' to the Edinburgh Fringe partly in thanks to financial backing from the Tory Government, (yes you ...

Basic Income and the Three-Day Work Week

Julian Vigo | Posted 12.09.2017 | UK Politics
Julian Vigo

There is a crisis in the British Labour Party and it is not just the internal struggles of the hard versus the soft left, nor is it between the few wh...

How Britain's Olympics Success Makes the Case For The Basic Income

Martin Whitlock | Posted 30.08.2017 | UK Sport
Martin Whitlock

Whether as entrepreneurs, artists, carers, inventors, makers, designers or anything else, if we are to fulfil our potential and make our contribution to society we need the time and opportunity to develop every aspect of our talents, capacities and personalities. The Universal Basic Income isn't about picking winners, but acknowledging that everybody has the capacity to win.

The Basic Income Will Make Sense When People Learn to Value Their Unpaid Work

Martin Whitlock | Posted 11.06.2017 | UK
Martin Whitlock

The crucial point is this. The basic income is not paying people for their otherwise unpaid work: it is providing them with the financial investment that makes it possible for them to do it. Investment in people is not "something for nothing", but sound economic practice. It is also what people deserve.

Mamas and the Panama Papers

Vanessa Olorenshaw | Posted 09.04.2017 | UK Politics
Vanessa Olorenshaw

So there we have it. Some men are more equal than others - in exposure to tax liability, at least. The Panama Papers have revealed just how deviously and unethically many wealthy individuals protect their assets, reduce their exposure to tax, and pay as little into or back to their communities as they can get away with.

How Osborne Can Turn the Tables on IDS

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

If the Chancellor does nothing, or too little, he will be forever tainted as the worst kind of Tory - the kind that merely seeks to entrench advantage for the benefit of his own class. But if the Chancellor were to adopt this simple 10 point plan he could become the best kind of Tory - a new Peel or Disraeli. The choice is, almost entirely, his.

Basic Income: We Cannot Afford Not to Do It

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 25.02.2017 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

Basic Income is a serious proposal necessary to address many of the economic problems facing the developed world. Let us start by defining what Basic ...

Replace ESA With Basic Income Plus

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

The previous Government launched an all out attack on disabled people's income and support. They were the number one target for unjustified cuts. This...

Britain's Mental Health Crisis Demands Truly Revolutionary Solutions

Lee Williscroft-Ferris | Posted 15.01.2017 | UK
Lee Williscroft-Ferris

We are a deeply sick society. Mental health has become something of a cause célébre of late, with politicians of various persuasions chomping at the bit to add their voice to calls for increased funding for mental health care.

Top 20 Reasons to Love Citizen Income

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 20.06.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

Citizen Income is the best solution to the injustices of our current tax and benefit system; but as Abba Eban once said, "Men and nations behave wisely when they have exhausted all other resources."

The Green's Basic Income

Christopher Bacon | Posted 04.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Christopher Bacon

To be truly radical, the Greens should insist on work for all who want it and income for all who need it, expounding the humane maxim, from each according to ability, to each according to need.

What Natalie Should Have Said - How to Fund the Green Party's Citizen's Income Policy

Joseph Finlay | Posted 03.04.2015 | UK Politics
Joseph Finlay

Bennett should have explained that by definition the Citizen's Income 'costs' very little - it is in fact a rearrangement of existing benefits and tax allowances. The main difference is that it gives each citizen those benefits and allowances automatically, without making them jump through hoops and subjecting them to complex means testing.

Scottish Independence and Welfare Reform

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 02.11.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

The UK is the most centralised welfare state in the world. Almost everything is decided in Whitehall. But we continue to ignore this fact. If the Union does finally end then this may be because we have failed, for far too long, to challenge the centralisation and bureaucracy that sits at the heart of the UK's welfare state.

Free Money for All - The Only Way Forward on Welfare

Joseph Finlay | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Politics
Joseph Finlay

A basic income is the ultimate in social inclusion, a powerful demonstration of the equal status of every citizen. It wouldn't just help the poorest; it would be better for all of us.

Paying MPs More Just Risks More Corruption

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 31.12.2013 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

We could reduce this risk by creating a basic income for all citizens and then not paying politicians anything. Or alternatively we could demand that politicians don't set their own salary. We, the people should set their salaries, by plebiscite.