Extent and nature of poverty in Australia

As a leading systemic and individual advocacy and disability representative organisation, our submission to the Community Affairs References Committee inquiry into the extent and nature of poverty in Australia specifically addresses the impacts of poverty on Australians with disability. Disability and poverty

Australians with disability experience significant economic disadvantage. On average, people with disability have much lower labour force participation rates and lower income than people without disability, leading to high rates of poverty. The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development estimated in 2010 that 45 per cent of all people with disability in Australia were living in poverty […]

What is a Universal Basic Income?

What is a Universal Basic Income?

A universal basic income, or UBI, is a government policy that gives every citizen a regular sum of money. It’s been a hot topic in recent years because of fears that automation will eliminate jobs and leave millions of people without an income. However, the idea hasn’t been tested on a wide scale yet. Norway

A universal basic income is a cash payment to all citizens without reference to their employment status or wealth. It is also known as a “minimum income guarantee.”

Experiments with unconditional cash benefits around the world have proven to reduce poverty and boost recipient well-being. […]

Use the $10B as a wage subsidy to increase the minimum wage

Dear Editor,

I am writing to follow up on my letter from January 2017 regarding the adoption of a basic income guarantee tied to a dividend payment from our natural resources, including oil and gas. As I mentioned in my previous letter, I strongly believe in a broad-based citizens share approach. Recently, the Guyana Chronicle newspaper reported that over $64 billion has been distributed to Guyanese citizens in the first two years of the current administration. If my proposal from six years ago was implemented, this amount would have provided every family of five with approximately $426 thousand in […]

Capital gains tax warning: Brits have just two months left to avoid Jeremy Hunt’s huge stealth tax raid

Capital gains tax warning: Brits have just two months left to avoid Jeremy Hunt's huge stealth tax raid

It is estimated that 5.5 million Brits will be made to pay 40 per cent on their income tax Brits have been warned that they only have two months to avoid a huge stealth tax raid by Jeremy Hunt.

As the end of the financial year closes in, people have been urged to use their tax breaks as soon as possible.

Jeremy Hunt froze both the basic income and higher tax incomes until 2028, he also cut the additional rate 45 per cent income tax band.Where as it used to be £150,000 it is now £125,140 which means anyone earning between […]

Relief checks 2023: Which states will send payments of up to $1,050 in February?

Relief checks 2023: Which states will send payments of up to $1,050 in February?

DANIEL MUNOZGetty Stimulus checks feel like a long distant memory, the thought drifting away like trying to remember last night’s dream.

While there are no federal financial support plans announced , especially with most ending definitively with the expected announcement of the ‘end’ of the pandemic coming in May, individual states and cities are. These range from tax refund to trials of universal basic income . Many of these programmes is no longer accepting applications. Almost 2 years of negative real disposable personal income growth.
Didn’t even manage this in the 70’s or 80’s.
I suppose part of this is due to […]

Hundreds march to demand Ramaphosa address Basic Income Grant at Sona

Hundreds march to demand Ramaphosa address Basic Income Grant at Sona

Hundreds of people marched to the Union Buildings to hand over a memorandum calling on President Cyril Ramaphosa to clearly lay out the state’s plans for a basic income grant. Image: Chris Gilili/GroundUp Ahead of the upcoming State of the Nation Address (Sona), over 400 people, including members of civil society organisations, unemployed citizens and recipients of the Social Relief of Distress Grant (SRD), marched to the head offices of the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) and the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Thursday.

Government introduced the SRD grant in May 2020 during the Covid pandemic. Since then, the […]

Today’s events.

Today’s events.

Illustration by The New York Times; images by CSA Images and photomaru/Getty Images Josephy Amosi Kamanga, who lives in Malawi, couldn’t afford to pay the examination fee for his eldest child, so she dropped out of school two years ago. She later got pregnant and is living at home. The fee that changed his daughter’s life? Just $4.98.

That story comes from GiveDirectly Inc., an American charity that offers a simple proposition: Give poor people cash, with no strings attached, and good things will tend to happen. It certainly did to Kamanga and his family. GiveDirectly gave him $51.75 […]

LIBERIA: Lonestar Cell MTN and Give Directly Join Forces to Reduce Poverty in Maryland County

LIBERIA: Lonestar Cell MTN and Give Directly Join Forces to Reduce Poverty in Maryland County

Lonestar Cell MTN partnered with Give Directly to lift over 22,000 impoverished residents in rural Maryland county out of poverty by installing ten cell phone towers to give residents access to network coverage, allowing Give Directly to enroll and financially empower residents.

The new cell phone towers linked to the Lonestar Cell MTN network will enable Give Directly, a non-profit organization, to provide cash transfers to residents in rural Maryland county through the mobile money platform. Residents will also have access to voice and data services on the network.

Give Directly identifies poor people and communities below the poverty line, usually […]

Employment & Entrepreneurship

Employment & Entrepreneurship

Senator Jim Munson and Senator Pierre Dalphond Senate of Canada May 13, 2020 covid19migration , temporary foreign workers

Senators asked Minister Bibeau how the government will cope with the shortage of seasonal agricultural workers that has resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic. Georgette Morris , Shireen Salti and Anjum Sultana First Policy Response April 28, 2020 covid19migration , international medical graduates

Canada has thousands of qualified doctors and nurses who could help our strained health system now and in the future – but they’re stuck on the sidelines. Senator Frances Lankin and Senator Kim Pate The Toronto Star April […]

LA took a big leap on universal basic income. For most, it was a big help

LA took a big leap on universal basic income. For most, it was a big help

The City of Los Angeles gave $1,000 per month to 3,200 low-income families over the last year as part of a universal basic income (UBI) pilot program called BIG: LEAP. Here’s the deal: $1,000 a month, free, no strings attached. That’s what the City of Los Angeles has provided to 3,200 low-income families over the last year as part of a universal basic income (UBI) pilot program called BIG: LEAP . The idea is to see how people’s lives might be changed by the extra income.

Qualified recipients were chosen in a lottery, and journalist Sasha Abramsky has followed four […]