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Policy issues concerning Basic Income

Malcolm Torry presents his paper ‘Citizen’s Basic Income – is it feasible?’ at the Social Policy Conference 2016. 

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Sjir Hoeijmakers presents his paper ‘Municipal Basic Income-related Experiments in the Netherlands’ at the Social Policy Conference 2016. Click the 'read more' link below to watch a larger video or to download the full paper.

Basic Income provides the key to resolving major challenges that changes to welfare and work have brought in the twenty first century.   It has the potential to reduce bureaucracy dramatically and increase respect for care work while promoting entrepreneurship and engagement with education, among other things.

US Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration, Robert B. Reich has called for the introduction of a Basic Income system.  He has linked Basic Income to labor market uncertainty, to climate change strategy, and to automation.

Reflecting the growing demand for unconditional basic income worldwide, this year's International Basic Income Week looks to having the largest participation ever in its 8-year history. People in 27 countries across four continents will be holding events and raising the profile of unconditional basic income across the globe between 14-20 September this year.  Events in Ireland are being coordinated by Basic Income Ireland.

Tackling poverty and income inequality effectively is a multifaceted task. It requires action on many fronts, ranging from healthcare and education to accommodation and employment. However, the most important requirement in tackling poverty is the provision of sufficient income to enable people to live life with dignity.  This forms a core element of Social Justice Ireland’s Policy Framework for a Just Ireland.

More than 285,000 people call on EU to consider Basic Income

285,042 EU citizens have called on the European Commission to consider a Universal Basic Income (UBI) as a fairer and simpler social security system.  Each of these citizens signed The European Citizens Initiative (ECI)1 for Unconditional Basic Income (UBI).2 The collection of signatures officially ended on Tuesday January 14th 23.59pm.  

Social Justice Ireland welcomes the publication by The World Bank of a report on Basic Income schemes in 28 Sub-Saharan countries.  Entitled The Cash Dividend: The rise of cash transfer programs in Sub-Saharan Africa, by Marito Garcia and Charity M. T. Moore concludes that many positive outcomes can already be identified as flowing from these cash transfer programmes. 

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