Should we scrap benefits and pay everyone £100 a week?


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Imagine a Britain where the government pays every adult the basic cost of living. Whether rich or poor – or, crucially, whether you’re in paid employment or not – everyone gets the same weekly amount, with no strings attached. The harsh, punitive model of modern “welfare” is a distant memory; passing in and out of employment in the so-called gig economy is now something everyone can afford. The positive consequences extend into the distance: women are newly financially independent and able to exit abusive relationships, public health is noticeably improved, and people are able to devote the time to caring that an ever-ageing society increasingly demands. All the political parties are signed up: just as the welfare state underpinned the 20th century, so this new idea defines the 21st.

Welcome to the world of a unconditional basic income, or UBI, otherwise known as citizens’ income or social wage. It might look like the stuff of insane utopianism, but the idea is now spreading at speed, from the fringes of the left into mainstream politics – and being tried out around the world. The UK Green party has supported the notion for decades: staunch backing for a version of UBI was one of its key themes at the last election. At its spring conference last month, the Scottish National party passed a motion supporting the idea that “a basic or universal income can potentially provide a foundation to eradicate poverty, make work pay and ensure all our citizens can live in dignity”. A handful of Labour MPs have started to come round to the idea – and serious work is being done among think tanks and pressure groups, looking at how it might work in the here and now.

Meanwhile, there have been UBI-type policies and experiment

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/apr/13/should-we-scrap-benefits-and-pay-everyone-100-a-week-whether-they-work-or-not?CMP=twt_gu

SHOULD WE SCRAP BENEFITS AND PAY EVERYONE £100 A WEEK?


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Welcome to the world of a unconditional basic income, or UBI, otherwise known as citizens’ income or social wage. It might look like the stuff of insane utopianism, but the idea is now spreading at speed, from the fringes of the left into mainstream politics – and being tried out around the world. The UK Green party has supported the notion for decades: staunch backing for a version of UBI was one of its key themes at the last election. At its spring conference last month, the Scottish National party passed a motion supporting the idea that “a basic or universal income can potentially provide a foundation to eradicate poverty, make work pay and ensure all our citizens can live in dignity”. A handful of Labour MPs have started to come round to the idea – and serious work is being done among think tanks and pressure groups, looking at how it might work in the here and now.

http://www.infowars.com/should-we-scrap-benefits-and-pay-everyone-100-a-week/

Finns May Get Paid for Being Finns


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Finland could become the first country to introduce a universal basic income.

An official at the Finnish Social Insurance Institution, known as KELA, said last week that each Finn could receive 800 euros ($876) a month, tax free, that would replace existing benefits. Full implementation would be preceded by a pilot stage, during which the basic income payout would be 550 euros and some benefits would remain.

http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-11-03/finns-may-get-paid-for-being-finns

MIGRANTS HOUSED IN LATVIA MOAN THEIR BENEFITS ARE NOT ENOUGH AND ‘THIS IS NOT BRITAIN’


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But those who have arrived in the tiny Baltic state say the cold weather, lack of generous state handouts and relatively low number of fellow migrants who speak the same language have combined to make their experience of life in Europe thoroughly miserable

Migrants housed in Latvia moan their benefits are not enough and ‘this is not Britain’

VA tells Florida veterans they’re dead, cuts off benefits


vastory_43 That’s why the Pinellas County, Florida, resident was alarmed when his VA check didn’t show up in his bank account Monday. He called the Department of Veterans Affairs office to find out why, and their response was stunning: The benefits had been suspended because he was dead.

http://jacksonville.com/breaking-news/2015-11-05/story/va-tells-florida-veterans-theyre-dead-cuts-benefits

VA TELLS FLORIDA VETERANS THEY’RE DEAD, CUTS OFF BENEFITS


veterans-graves1 That’s why the Pinellas County, Florida, resident was alarmed when his VA check didn’t show up in his bank account Monday. He called the Department of Veterans Affairs office to find out why, and their response was stunning: The benefits had been suspended because he was dead.

“Well, I’m not,” Rieker retorted. “I woke up this morning and I’m feeling rather chipper, in fact.”

http://www.infowars.com/va-tells-florida-veterans-theyre-dead-cuts-off-benefits/

VA WRONGLY TELLS VETERANS THEY’RE DEAD, CUTS OFF BENEFITS


VAisLying That’s why the Pinellas County, Florida, resident was alarmed when his VA check didn’t show up in his bank account Monday. He called the Department of Veterans Affairs office to find out why, and their response was stunning: The benefits had been suspended because he was dead.

“Well, I’m not,” Rieker retorted. “I woke up this morning and I’m feeling rather chipper, in fact.”

http://www.infowars.com/va-wrongly-tells-veterans-theyre-dead-cuts-off-benefits/