The concept sounds good but the practicalities are not for there will always people who do not need a basic income, the rich and there will always be those who would need more, people with disabilities, The later requiring more in relation to their disability.
If you make the Basic Income sufficient for many to live on what is the incentive to work.
Where would sufficient taxes and NI be raised to fund Central and Local Government spending and to fund the NHS and pensions.
Then when do people qualify is it when they are born, but then what about those that emigrate and also those that immigrate.
Would we be an open window for mass immigration.
It all needs to be well thought through and we have all seen the limitations of this principle.
Are a few Basic Income Pilot Schemes an Alternative to Universal Credit?
The BBC reports today.
A survey has found support for local experiments to explore paying people a basic income as an alternative to Universal Credit.
The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) found 40% of people questioned backed local tests to see how such payments would work.
Only 15% would oppose the idea, a Populus survey of 2,070 people found.
However, the Department for Work and Pensions questioned the idea.
It said a basic income “would not work for those who need more support”.
The RSA describes a basic income as “a regular, unconditional payment made to every adult and child. It is not dependent on other earned or unearned income, is not means-tested and is not withdrawn as earnings rise”.
The article gives some…
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