What About A Collective Alternative?
Discussion of the position of Universal Basic Services in relation to a basic income.
There is strong evidence that these collective services play an important redistributive role, give far better value for money than services purchased by individuals, and help to build social solidarity in ways that markets never can.
Services are diverse and multi-faceted, delivered through a great variety of organisations and places, as well as countless workers, many of whom are organised through trade unions and have strong reasons to champion what they do, whether it is healthcare, education, childcare or public transport. Cutting or abolishing services would mean taking on all of these providers and users.