Could Basic Income Be an Unexpected Ally of Ecological Transformation?

Could Basic Income Be an Unexpected Ally of Ecological Transformation?

Gabriela Cabaña is an anthropologist and PhD candidate at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her research focuses on energy transitions in the context of ecological crisis, processes of planning, value struggles, and the morality of work. She is a founding member of Centro de Análisis Socioambiental (CASA) an organization based in Chile working on research and public incidence in social-environmental issues.

Basic income – an unconditional, universal and periodic cash transfer that all people belonging to a political community receive – has been a long-advocated measure and emergent human right (Van Parijs, 2004; Raventós, 2015; Standing, 2017). […]

Nearly 100 North Wales care leavers eligible for Basic Income pilot scheme

Nearly 100 North Wales care leavers eligible for Basic Income pilot scheme

Almost 100 care leavers in the region are eligible to take part in the Wales Basic Income pilot scheme. The initiative, which was announced by the Welsh Government last week, will see young people leaving care offered a guaranteed income of £1,600 a month, before tax.

From Friday July 1, more than 500 people leaving care in Wales will be offered the basic income for two years to support them in their transition to adult life.

It is hoped that the pilot will “put care leavers on the path to healthy, happy and fulfilling lives”.The £20m pilot, which will run for […]

RELEASE: Councilmember Allen Bill Exempting Monthly Basic Income Payments from Income Eligibility Thresholds Passes Committee Vote

Beginning next year, DC residents who earn a lower-wage (think less than $60,000 for a family of four) will begin receiving a monthly check, akin to a first-in-the-nation monthly basic income.

Today, the Council’s Committee on Business and Economic Development voted to advance legislation from Councilmember Charles Allen to clarify those dollars won’t cause any resident to lose eligibility for other crucial assistance programs.

The program, which is an expansion of DC’s match of the Federal Earned Income Tax Credit, is referred to as DC’s monthly basic income. It was a priority fought for by Councilmember Charles Allen during the FY22 […]

Eurotrack: Would Europeans support a universal basic income?

Eurotrack: Would Europeans support a universal basic income?

Support for a basic income is varied, but most countries say their governments cannot afford the cost

A universal basic income (UBI) is a fixed payment, paid equally by the government to every citizen of a country, regardless of whether they are in work. The pandemic saw the advent of payments similar to a UBI – ‘stimulus checks’ in the US, for example – and some countries have conducted experiments with basic income programmes.

People in favour of a universal basic income argue that all citizens deserve a decent standard of living and propose that a UBI could radically reduce […]

Universal basic income can be the worst of all worlds – but ‘free money’ schemes do work | Gaby Hinsliff

Universal basic income can be the worst of all worlds - but ‘free money’ schemes do work | Gaby Hinsliff

A trial in Wales for care leavers is brave and imaginative, but a benefits system must work for all, says Guardian columnist Gaby Hinsliff

It is the unspoken promise of parenthood, the deal millions make as their fledglings fly the nest: that in an emergency, they can always come fluttering back. Even if they never have to cash that unwritten cheque, just knowing it’s there can be enough to see them through the wobbly early years of independence. That place is home. It is what gives young adults the confidence to flee a toxic relationship or a dodgy flatshare, knowing […]

Brits support universal basic income by 20-point margin | A majority of voters in the UK support a guaranteed monthly income from the state in every region, in both major social classes and in all age groups under 65

Brits support universal basic income by 20-point margin | A majority of voters in the UK support a guaranteed monthly income from the state in every region, in both major social classes and in all age groups under 65

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So the people who are getting a basic universal income are the only ones against a universal basic income?Depending on how many of them would like to abolish the state pension, it sounds […]

Guaranteed income programs for artists piloted in several US cities

Guaranteed income programs for artists piloted in several US cities

It was the start of the pandemic and McKinley West was frustrated. His DJ jobs had dried up overnight. So Mickey Breeze – that’s his DJ name – did the only thing he could think of: he wrote a song about it, “Munny Hungee”.

“Literally, all of these issues that you have with family, with cars, with sanity, with content can somehow be solved with money, and I hate when the people demonize him,” he said. West had sold thousands of dollars worth of speakers, DJ controllers and synthesizers to pay his bills. Then, just when he thought he had […]

Brits support universal basic income by 20-point margin

Brits support universal basic income by 20-point margin

Art by Matt Kenyon/Ikon Images According to a YouGov poll conducted exclusively for New statesman .

UBI will provide every UK resident with a guaranteed monthly income from the government. Unlike existing benefits such as universal credit, payment will be made without a means test or work requirements.

Many supported this policy in every region, both in the main social classes and in all age groups up to 65 years. However, Conservative voters opposed the idea 43% to 35%, while pro-leave voters were evenly divided.YouGov found that the policy also has broad support in Italy, Spain, and Germany. Support in Germany […]

Suplicy says he made peace with Mercadante and awaits harmonic meeting – 04/07/2022 – Mônica Bergamo

Suplicy says he made peace with Mercadante and awaits harmonic meeting – 04/07/2022 – Mônica Bergamo

São Paulo councilor Eduardo Suplicy (PT) says he has forgiven and made peace with former minister Aloizio Mercadante (PT) after publicly complaining about his PT colleague during a partisan rally on June 21.

At the time, the guidelines for the government program of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) and Geraldo Alckmin (PSB) to the Presidency were being launched.

Suplicy and Mercadante have a meeting scheduled for this Tuesday (5th) to seal the armistice and discuss the inclusion of the citizen’s basic income, the councilman’s lifeline, in the program.In addition to the two, former minister Tereza Campello and economists from the […]

What do you think of universal basic income?

Not a fan. But, I don’t have a crystal ball either.

But my arm chair quarterback, uneducated view is based on the 80/20 rule. If 20% of the people are going to contribute 80% of the work to society; and you’re going to penalize them for their contribution by redistributing their income to the slacking 80%, then you’re de-incentivizing them to continue contributing.

In the long run, you’re encouraging mediocre work by the people that actually make a difference. Over time, the amount of universal basic income will have to be reduced due to the lower output. And, that’s a vicious […]