Universal Basic Income — the Ontario story

Ontario is a large province in Canada which borders the United States.  Last month, their Basic Income (BI) pilot scheme was ended early.  In April 2017, while the Liberal Party was in power in Ontario, they started a BI pilot scheme with about 4,000 people in the test communities of Hamilton-Brantford, Thunder Bay and Lindsay.  It was … Read more

Universal Basic Income — solution or illusion?

Universal Basic Income is in the news again.  Compass has today published a plan by economists Stewart Lansley and Howard Reed to reverse welfare cuts and end poverty, endorsed by Baroness Ruth Lister.  We will need to look carefully at the proposals and try to understand them compared to the current welfare system and pay levels (we are claimants, … Read more