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United Kingdom: Lib Dems in Hull call on Government to consider piloting Universal Basic Income in the City

The Liberal Democrats in Hull have tabled a motion to Hull City Council that calls for the Chief Executive Matt Jukes to write to Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid, requesting Government support to pilot Universal Basic Income (UBI) in Hull. The Liberal Democrat Councillor Paul Drake-Davis, is moving the motion in a bid to tackle “increasing job insecurity” and

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Japan: Billionaire Yusaku Maezawa attempts a “social experiment” by giving out 9 million US$

Japanese enterpreneur Yusaku Maezawa, enfatuated by the idea of a basic income, is giving out, unconditionally, 9 million US$ to 1000 randomly selected people from his Twitter followers group. This initiative was launched on January 1st 2020, on his Twitter page. Maezawa is hoping this “social experiment” will have an effect on his recipients happiness, as other (basic income related)

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United States: New survey shows overwhelming support for basic income among Democrat students

A new survey focused on basic income has been published by College Pulse (December 2019). 2000 college students were asked several questions, among which, for instance, if they supported the implementation of a basic income in the United States, such as that proposed by Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang, and what they would use the money for, if they did receive

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United States: Senators Mitt Romney and Michael Bennet plan an unconditional child benefit

US Senators Michael Bennet (left) and Mitt Romney (right) On Sunday, the 15th of December 2019, Republican Senator Mitt Romney and Democrat Senator Michael Bennet presented a plan to establish an unconditional child benefit cash transfer in the United States. Under this plan, all parents get an unconditional benefit of US$ 1500 per year per child under 6 years pf

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United Kingdom: Lib Dem candidates back basic income pilots

Jane Dodds and Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson. Picture credit to: The Week Over fifty candidates for the UK’s Liberal Democrat party (Lib Dem) have signed a personal commitment to back basic income pilots in the next parliament, if elected. The intention to run these basic income pilots, which would be implemented by removing conditionality rules from the standard element

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VIDEO: Universal Basic Income – the power to say ‘no’, for everyone

On December 2nd, the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery was celebrated. To mark that date, Beyond Trafficking and Slavery, an editorial partnership between openDemocracy and researchers from Africa, Asia, America, Australia and Europe, have commissioned this video, focused on Universal Basic Income (UBI). According to this group, UBI might be an appropriate policy response to contemporary labour unfreedom.

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United Kingdom: The Center for Welfare Reform publishes statement of support

  The Centre for Welfare Reform, a citizen think tank formed in 2009 and based in Sheffield, has published a statment in support of basic income. It can be read in this kind of manifesto: Over the past few decades there have been successful pilots of UBI in many other countries and there’s growing grassroots support for testing the idea

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Australia, Brisbane: BIEN Conference 2020

Next year 20th Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN) Conference will be held in Brisbane, Australia, jointly hosted by Basic Income Guarantee Australia (BIGA), The School of Social Science and Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (University of Queensland) and The School of Public Health and Social Work (Queensland University of Technology). The event will occur on Monday 28th to Wednesday

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United Kingdom: Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell affirms basic income will be piloted in the UK, if Jeremy Corby gets elected in December

John McDonnell. Picture credit to: PoliticsHome.   John McDonnell’s proposes to include a basic income pilot in the next Labour Party’s manifesto, an intent which has been going on since 2016, at least. During 2018 a working group was formed, led by professor Guy Standing, a prominent economic advisor to McDonnell and specialist in basic income and related issues, giving

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