Saturday, May 01, 2004

A Citizen's Income

is an unconditional, nonwithdrawable income payable to each individual as a right of citizenship.
A Citizen's Income scheme (sometimes called Basic Income or Universal Benefit) is intended to overcome the failings of the present welfare state. It would be simple in application, increase economic efficiency, help prevent poverty and unite our society.

at the moment the UK Green Party is the only political party with the sense to recognise that this very simple idea - first proposed by Thomas Paine - could solve an awful lot of social problems at one stroke; maybe it's an idea whose time has still to come, but, for want of any better...

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