Universal Basic Income is a guaranteed income paid to every citizen with no strings attached. It lifts everyone above the poverty line and, because it is guaranteed, reduces a great deal of stress associated with unemployment and changes in the welfare system. It also allows people more opportunity to change their lives for the better, be that returning to school, becoming a musician, actor, or artist, writing the great American novel, volunteering for a cause they care about, or starting up a business.
It allows people to live more independently — paying full-time parents and carers an income for the valuable work they do, for example — yet it can also empower them to contribute more to their family and community. And it takes out all the red tape that hampers welfare systems all over the globe. If you don’t know what I mean, watch Ken Loach’s film I, Daniel Blake.
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