Leeds becomes largest city in UK to call for universal basic income pilot

Leeds becomes largest city in UK to call for universal basic income pilot

Leeds has become the largest city in the UK to call for a universal basic income to be trialled, after a vote of the city’s council on Wednesday night.

Councillors from Labour, the Liberal Democrats, and Greens backed a motion on Thursday arguing that the policy could provide financial security to people hit by the coronavirus pandemic. A universal basic income or UBI involves a flat unconditional payment to all citizens whether they are working or not, instead of means-tested benefits. The policy has been widely discussed across the developed world in recent years, and has gained new prominence during […]

St. Paul uses CARES Act money for mayor’s guaranteed income program for struggling families

St. Paul uses CARES Act money for mayor’s guaranteed income program for struggling families

The Metropolis Council of St. Paul, Minn., voted to launch an experimental $1.5 million assured earnings program for low-income households Wednesday after Mayor Melvin Carter signed onto the group Mayors for a Assured Earnings.

This system will divert $300,000 in CARES Act funding to offer 150 households funds of $500 a month, the Twin Cities Pioneer Press reported. The remainder of the 18-month program will probably be funded by philanthropy, the mayor stated, in line with the Twin Cities Pioneer Press.

COULD UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME BECOME A REALITY? HERE ARE THE MAYORS SUPPORTING FREE CASH “Greater than ever earlier than, […]

Liberals are considering a universal basic income, but economists have tough questions for its proponents

Liberals are considering a universal basic income, but economists have tough questions for its proponents

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hasn’t exactly sounded enthusiastic about the idea of a universal basic income. ERNEST DOROSZUK/POSTMEDIA As far as public policy proposals go, a universal basic income couldn’t be simpler. If a Canadian falls below a certain income threshold, they get a cheque from the government.

But even proponents of the policy admit that it will be costly — tens of billions of dollars, even in the most modest estimates — for a plan that would, in their view, be a one-shot poverty-fighting plan. Detractors consider it an expensive sledgehammer, when more precise tools could do the job.

The […]

Basic Income March Toronto and Canada Wide Sept 19th

Basic Income March Toronto and Canada Wide Sept 19th

Join us on Sat Sept 19, 2020 for a Basic Income March Canada VIRTUAL EVENT and show your support for a fairer & faster recovery for ALL Canadians.

REGISTER HERE:
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10 AM Pacific 11 AM Mountain 12 PM Central 1 PM Eastern 2 PM AtlanticConfirmed Speakers: • Floyd Marinescu, CEO of C4Media Inc. and Founder of UBI Works • Jessie Golem, Creator of Humans of Basic Income • Brett House, Vice President & Deputy Chief Economist of Scotiabank • Joli Scheidler-Benns, Founder of The Lindsay Advocate • Paul Vallée, CEO of Tehama & Board Member of Basic Income Canada […]

New Covid Stimulus Proposes UBI for SPs, Furlough for Some Industries

New Covid Stimulus Proposes UBI for SPs, Furlough for Some Industries

STA , 17 September 2020 – The government has prepared the draft of a new anti-corona stimulus package. Unofficial information suggests the furlough scheme will be extended for some industries, universal basic income brought back for sole traders and the health system shored up.

Information obtained by the STA shows that the furlough scheme, whose last possible extension under current law expires at the end of September, will be extended until the end of the year.

Employers in tourism, events industries and coach transportation who have seen their revenue decline by over 30% over last year would be eligible.The government also […]

Bungling Scottish protester mocked on Twitter after repeatedly failing to set Union Jack on fire with dodgy lighter

Bungling Scottish protester mocked on Twitter after repeatedly failing to set Union Jack on fire with dodgy lighter

A BUNGLING Scottish protester has been mocked after he repeatedly failed to light the UK flag.

Footage shared widely online showed Sean Clerkin attempting to light the flag multiple times at the flag at Arthur’s Seat, the famous peak overlooking Edinburgh. Sean Clerkin was mocked online for his bungling attempts to set the UK flag on fire Credit: SWNS:South West News Service Sean Clerkin wore Scotland’s flag draped around his neck as he set the UK flag on fire Credit: Alamy Live News Sean was eventually able to set the flag on fire Credit: Alamy Live News The protester […]

Hamilton showed that a Universal Basic Income is the solution

Hamilton showed that a Universal Basic Income is the solution

With holes in Canada’s social safety net being exposed as businesses closed in March to help curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the appetite for a system overhaul has intensified. Now, what was once considered a radical solution to growing financial disparities, has taken centre stage—receiving support from not only social service organizations but business leaders, as well.

It’s been called many things over the years: citizen’s income, basic living stipend, guaranteed annual income, and universal demogrant, among others. While opponents of a Universal Basic Income (UBI) ignorantly and often times methodically call it “communism” and the end of […]

Government urged to start free-wage-for-all scheme in Leeds

Government urged to start free-wage-for-all scheme in Leeds

Decision-makers in Leeds will ask the Government to pilot a scheme in which working age people would be given a free wage, writes Richard Beecham.

It follows a Leeds City Council meeting yesterday where councillors agreed to put pressure on Whitehall to trial a universal basic income scheme in the city, which would involve a no-strings-attached monthly payments to each citizen, regardless of their work status.

The idea received support from Liberal Democrat, Labour and Green councillors, who hailed it as a way to bring financial security to individuals, and reduce poverty and inequality in the city.But it was met […]

Support a shorter working week to save jobs

Support a shorter working week to save jobs

Future Generations Commissioner Sophie Howe Flexible support is urgent and we must consider a shorter working week if we’re to save jobs and rebuild the economy better, says the Future Generations Commissioner.

Sophie Howe and Shavanah Taj, General Secretary of the Wales TUC, have written a joint letter to the UK Treasury this week, urging the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, to consider approaches such as a reduced working week to protect jobs before the furlough wage support scheme ends in October.

Calling for ‘targeted and flexible support’ in the next stage of recovery, to benefit areas of the economy which continue […]

‘A post-growth’ society

‘A post-growth’ society

Dr. Florangel Rosario Braid PAGBABAGO

This truth we already know – that economic growth is bound to end with or without the coronavirus.

It is said that the current global population would require the equivalent of five Earth-like planets to support the present global population. Which means that the carrying capacity of our planet had been severely compromised.These are signs of the negative feedback or “yellow flags.”Explosion of human consumption.Gross human ecological dysfunction.We are using nature’s goods and life support. The exponential growth of our economy entailed extracting natural resources and dumping polluting waste will eventually reach its limits too […]