The Second BIG Webinar, 20th October 2021
For immediate releaseTuesday 19 October 2021 Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute launches critical research on Global universal Basic Income Guarantee Pilots and their lessons for South Africa 20 October 2021.As the South African government continues to consider the feasibility of implementing a universal Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) in response to the country’s high rates of poverty and unemployment, the Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII) remains steadfast in its mission to inform and advance the research, policy, and social dialogue for the implementation of a BIG in South Africa.SPII […]
According to one 2020 survey, some two-thirds of Australians currently support the idea of a Universal Basic Income in Australia. But what does this momentum mean in real life?
The idea of a Universal Basic Income —a liveable wage that gets disbursed to every adult member of society, no strings attached—has largely remained a utopian pipe dream since it was first suggested by “radical” thinkers Thomas Spence and Tom Paine in the late 1700s.
In recent years, though, pilot programmes have been rolled out in countries including Finland, Canada, the Netherlands, Iran, and Scotland. In 2016, Switzerland held a […]
Despite clear economic benefits of new digital technologies, slow median wage growth has led many to worry that these new technologies are failing to deliver for the average worker. This column develops a new model of global automation and technological change to study the long-term consequences of these trends. It finds that automation can boost output and growth, but these benefits are not equally distributed across or within regions. Nevertheless, in developed countries smart fiscal policy, such as universal basic income, can make new technologies a win-win for all age and skill groups.
While new digital technologies are increasingly […]
This UNDP China report investigating the potential for UBI in China finds that the current system of subsistence allowances is more effective than UBI, due to subsistence allowances covering 53m people, whereas a UBI would need to cover 1.4bn people. A summary table 3-2 (p30) compares UBI and targeted poverty alleviation against a number of criteria. The report also includes a review of UBI pilots in other countries eg USA, Finland, India etc.
The authors take the view that UBI would have to be tax financed, stating that ‘general tax revenue will need to serve as the source of funding’ […]
Who is going to be making/delivering cheap pizza? Bros who like making pizza and want to do it for just a few hours a week to break the monotony of not working and make a few extra dollars The country will be filled with people who spend most of their time chilling and have some sort of 10 hour/week side "job" just to have some activity and some low-stress supplemental income
Economist 8cdf UBI would be excellent, and much better than maintaining the bloated bureaucracy of existing welfare programs. It would also […]
Roslyn Kunin: In a country as rich as Canada, no one should have to go cold or hungry. But is universal basic income the answer?
In a country as rich as Canada, no one should have to go cold or hungry. But is universal basic income the answer?
Income assistance and other programs provide for almost all of the poorest among us, although some always slip between the cracks.No one would describe the level of support as generous, nor is accessing assistance easy. And, let’s be honest, there’s a stigma attached to being a welfare recipient.Universal basic income (UBI) is […]
If the government gave everyone say $400 a week; no asset testing. No income testing.
Would you with less hours? What would you do with the extra time / money?
What would be a good level for UBI?Honesltly? I wouldn’t think about killing myself everyday.Having severe ADHD, anxiety and depression but still being "functional" enough to work everyday just to survive doesn’t exactley want to make me "survive"I have no desire or goal in life to be rich, I just wanna live free. I dont mind working at all, but just on something that isn’t a huge portion of my life […]
A non-profit association raffles unconditional basic income. Read here how you can also take part in the raffles. This year, too, the basic income will be raffled off
Participants can win a total of 1200 euros for a period of one year
We show how you can apply What would you do if you got 1,000 euros a month without any restrictions, and tax-free as well? Would you go on a long-planned trip or would you finally buy the car that you have been saving on for a long time? With the Unconditional basic income (BGE) these dreams […]
The organized workforce has called for the permanent introduction of a basic income subsidy in South Africa from 2022.
The South African Congress of Trade Unions (Cosatu), the National Congress of Trade Unions (Nactu) and the South African Federation of Trade Unions (Fedusa held their Nedlac-organized mid-year work school this week to review progress on implementation to evaluate important policy measures in South Africa this should be the first step towards universal income. "It is now to be made permanent and used as the basis for a basic income.
" It is to be extended beyond March 2022 and adjusted accordingly […]
Assuming that the funding FOR some kind of UBI is sourced from effective taxation of the wealthy: I’m for it.
The argument that all prices will simply go up is very squishy in its logic.
Poverty is expensive in society. Automation , AI , and remote work all impacts employment patterns; often some people will simply NOT be employed for periods of time.UBI makes communities safer from crime, hospitals and mental health services less saturated .I’m in favor. ( I will keep working; my job is rad.) I want people in my community to have better support.Andrew Yang proposed a VAT […]