Focusing on basic services, such as housing, food, communications and transport, is, we conclude, far more effective at driving down the cost of living than spending the same money on existing services, or on redistribution.
Last week the IGP accepted the invitation from the International Futures Forum (IFF) to present the idea of Universal Basic Services in Edinburgh to an audience of general interest, and afterwards to a smaller group who have been charged with the development of proposal for a Scottish Basic Income experiment that may take place in … Continue reading IGP visit to IFF in Edinburgh
Our response to Brexit must be an invigorated public environment directly controlled by local democracy - a prospect offered by 'Universal Basic Services'.
We are very pleased to present a short video introducing the London Cooking Project and the Be Enriched Battersea Canteen. We know that the idea of a UBS for Food is one of the harder ones to imagine, and so we hope that a vignette of a community food service already in action will give everyone … Continue reading London Cooking Project: community food in action
I was interested to find out what the core basic income believers believed, and where better to find them than at the annual worldwide congress of the Basic Income Earth Network.
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.
Danny Dorling: A basic income is also not an alternative for basic universal services. We need both.
Andrew Percy, Co-Director of the IGP's Social Prosperity Network, will be part of a panel discussing the role of public services in relation to a basic income. If you're going to BIEN 2018 in Finland you can catch this session on August 24th at 2pm. Others on this panel: Elina Lepomäki, “The Life Account: A … Continue reading Basic Income and Basic Services — Complement or Substitute?