On Thursday 5th August we hosted a community discussion, or ‘K-Talk’, at WG13, our first in-person event since March 2020!
Kicking off the brand new programme was Jamie Cooke, head of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) in Scotland, who laid out the potential benefits of giving everyone a universal basic income.
Jamie talked us through the numerous experiments that have been carried out across the globe to test the effects of a universal basic income for everyone and how it impacted their mental and physical well-being, sense of security and self-worth:
“In one experiment in Finland [on the effects of basic income] 2,000 unemployed people received the same money they were receiving on unemployment benefit but without any conditions attached to it.
The participants reported higher levels of well-being and felt better about themselves. They didn’t need to justify their existence to receive that money.
We need to prepare a system for the 21st century that will provide security and opportunity for people. Basic income will give people freedom.”
We believe a basic income for all would be a great societal leveller, eradicating the need for a benefits system and giving people a greater sense of control, security and dignity.
Would you support the introduction of a basic income for everyone? Leave a comment below and let us know!
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