Category Archives: Opinion

CANADA: Robert-Falcon Ouellette’s petition to study basic income marked by his own childhood

From the Basic Income Canada Network by Roderick Benns, on March 29, 2016 As a youth growing up in Calgary, Robert-Falcon Ouellette remembers being inspired by the 1988 Olympics. Ouellette’s parents struggled financially, and his father was in and out of the picture. But his mother managed enough money so he could enjoy swimming at the City pool where he

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Does the Basic Income overlook disabled individuals?

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The Universal Basic Income movement continues to pick up steam around the world, with reports that Finland is interested in starting its own UBI pilot program, joining a growing list of countries around the world. Still, many important questions surround the details of a basic income system. One criticism raised even by some supporters is that many recent discussions of

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Simplifying childcare benefits

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By Mark Wadsworth The Citizen’s Income Trust has suggested replacing Child Tax Credits and Child Benefit with a higher flat rate Child Benefit and merging the income tax-free personal allowance, the National Insurance-free Lower Earnings Limit and Working Tax Credits into a Citizen’s Income. These proposals have been criticised on the basis that Working Tax Credits include a Childcare Element to

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Universal basic income: a search for alternative models

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By Johanna Perkiö First published on January 25, 2016, by Kela, the Finnish government agency in charge of welfare benefits. The original article is available here. With the expressed commitment of the Prime minister Juha Sipilä’s centre-to-right Government to conduct an experiment to evaluate the effects of a basic income system, the idea of a universal basic income has come to the forefront of

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Thinking about Basic Income on International Women’s Day

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By Liane Gale and Ann Withorn for the Basic Income Woman Action Group (BIWAG) Since 1909, International Women’s Day has been a day for recognizing women’s economic, political and social achievements.  Yet over the past century, March 8 Women’s Day celebrations have revealed tensions between feminists, socialists and anarchists about the meaning of women’s roles in society. Feminists saw full

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Scott Santens’ basic income log: the importance of security

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If you’re new to my writing, you may not yet know that I have a crowdfunded basic income through Patreon. Beginning my campaign for $1,000 per month in late 2014, I reached that goal at the end of 2015, and so this year, at the beginning of every month, I will start the month with $1,000 per month, guaranteed, through

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