Coronavirus could end the UK’s Universal Credit and usher in Universal Basic Income, report says

A new report warns the current welfare system is “unlikely to survive” in the long term. By Nick Tyrrell Local Democracy Reporter   The UK’s current welfare system, including Universal Credit, is “unlikely to survive” the shock of the coronavirus crisis. This is the conclusion of a report from a leading economic think tank. The paper, from the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), also says that the government’s furlough scheme, which is paying the wages of employees of privately owned

Income Inequality

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Universal basic income could improve the nation’s mental health

Many people are talking about universal basic income (UBI) these days. Giving everyone a guaranteed income could be the solution to many economic …

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Do markets require redistribution to avoid market failure due to excessive inequality?

Wealth inequality is escalating at an alarming rate not only within the U.S. but also in countries as diverse …

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With growth this tepid, is it time to give ‘helicopter money’ a whirl?

Growth is the default setting for modern economies. Humans innovate and improve, find better ways of doing things. Only …

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The Significance of an Unconditional $1,000 per month

Andrew Yang’s plan to provide $1,000 in government-sponsored payments to every American adult each month — an “allowance for …

Pilots & Experiments

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Twitter’s Jack Dorsey Is Giving Andrew Yang $5 Million to Build the Case for a Universal Basic Income

Dorsey, who backed Yang’s presidential run, says he wants his donation to drive more experimentation about UBI in the …

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Brighton and Hove will become the first city in the UK to debate whether they should trial UBI

Brighton and Hove council is the first to debate trialling Universal Basic Income By Martin Osborne   On 23 …

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BREAKING NEWS: Santa Clara County Approves Basic Income Pilot for Transitioning Foster Youth

Santa Clara County Approves Basic Income Pilot for Transitioning Foster Youth $900,000 expenditure will fund the first pilot program …

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Santa Clara County Press Release: Santa Clara County Approves the Country’s First Basic Income Pilot Program for Transitioning Foster Youth

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, unanimously approved a $900,000 in funding for the Country’s first pilot program …

The Social Debate

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Coronavirus could end the UK’s Universal Credit and usher in Universal Basic Income, report says

A new report warns the current welfare system is “unlikely to survive” in the long term. By Nick Tyrrell …

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$6 Trillion Should Bail Out People, Not Companies

Help Americans through the coronavirus crisis, and they will keep essential businesses going. By Nir Kaissar and  Timothy L. O’Brien …

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Interview with Humanist Social Reformer Tony Robinson

Interview with Humanist Social Reformer Tony Robinson by David Andersson   Our humanity is facing one of the most profound challenges we have ever faced. We find ourselves in uncharted …

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Portuguese, Spanish, and Italian government ministers are calling for the creation of a European minimum income system

Portugal/Spain/Italy: Ministers seek European minimum income by Lusa   “We have to ensure that all people are guaranteed the …

Andrew Yang

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Andrew Yang’s thoughts on the Trump Administration’s plan to cut $1,000 checks and how the pandemic is paving the road to UBI

Andrew Yang takes no pleasure in looking prophetical. The tech entrepreneur and former candidate for president, who last month …

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Democratic presidential candidate entrepreneur Andrew Yang speaks at the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum during a campaign event, in Mason City, Iowa
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Andrew Yang: We Need Universal Basic Income to Save the Economy from a Coronavirus Depression

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Yang says he’s spoken with Democratic leaders about a basic income plan to …

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Yang dishes on his sadness over losing and excitement for his next big venture

WASHINGTON — Andrew Yang looks at his phone and laughs: “Everyone thinks I’m going to announce for mayor tomorrow.” …

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Andrew Yang launches nonprofit aimed at making his former campaign’s ideas a reality

Washington (CNN)Nearly a month after ending his long shot Democratic presidential campaign, Andrew Yang launched on Thursday a nonprofit group focused on making …

Success Stories

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Fin­land’s ba­sic in­come ex­per­i­ment: new research re­veals sig­ni­fic­ant di­versity in par­ti­cipants’ ex­per­i­ence

The report on Finland’s 2017-2018 basic income experiment illustrates great variance in how the experiment affected participants’ lives. University …

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Universal Basic Income Fixes the Problem of People Not Having Enough Money to Not Be Poor

Give a Buck is Mashable’s deep dive into Universal Basic Income — an idea gaining currency in a time of …

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Interview with Award-Winning Photographer Jessie Golem of ‘Humans of Basic Income’ Fame

I recently had the chance to correspond with award-winning photographer Jessie Golem. Her outstanding and well-renowned photography series “Humans …

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I Get A Basic Income That’s Changed My Life. Everyone Should Want And Get One.

“No proposed plan for universal basic income has been perfect, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try.” Ava Burcham …

The Basics of UBI

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Becoming America

America has a critical flaw. We know how to fix it. It’s the policy that makes our shared dream …

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How Universal Basic Income Will Save the Economy

Until recently, the idea lived on the political margins. Then the pandemic changed everything BY MAX FAWCETT   HOW YOU …

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Payment Guaranteed: How Would Universal Basic Income Affect Business?

Payment Guaranteed: How Would Universal Basic Income Affect Business? By Adam Uzialko, Writer What if once a month for the …

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Universal Basic Income is older than you think, but coronavirus gave it wings

In the darkest hour of the coronavirus pandemic, in the face of an expected 30 percent unemployment rate and a likely …

Workforce Automation

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From 1990 to 2007, each robot in manufacturing replaced 3.3 workers on average nationally

MIT economist Daron Acemoglu’s new research puts a number on the job costs of automation. Peter Dizikes | MIT …

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The rush to deploy robots as a result of the coronavirus outbreak

PUBLISHED MON, MAR 2 20208:57 AM EST UPDATED WED, MAR 11 202010:35 AM EDT Rebecca Fannin, special to CNBC.com …

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41 Percent of Companies Are Accelerating Plans To Automate As Coronavirus Forces Workers To Stay Home

Almost half of company bosses in 45 countries are speeding up plans to automate their businesses as workers are …

Flippy the robot running a fry station at Miso Robotics’ test kitchen in January in Pasadena.(Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times)

New fast food robot costs $3 per hour

In a test kitchen in a corner building in downtown Pasadena, Flippy the robot grabbed a fryer basket full …