Active Universal Basic Income pilot programs around the world

The idea of a universal basic income has already become a major debate all around the world, including the United States.

California

Stockton is a city outside of Silicon Valley that is testing a universal basic income trial program  to a group of its low-income residents in a pilot version of universal basic income.

Universal basic income is a policy that gives all people a set amount of benefits without requirements or stipulations. After a brief stint of popularity in the 1970s, the idea has resurged in the public interest, with backers including innovators Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg, union leader Andy Stern, and even libertarian Charles Murray.

India

Basic income in India refers to the debate and practical experiments with universal basic income (UBI) in India.

Several scholars around the globe, including Guy Standing and Pranab Bardhan, have expressed strong support of the implementation of UBI as an alternative to corrupt and ineffective existing social programs in India.

Organizations like the Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) and UNICEF have backed the proposal by launching the 2010 UBI pilot program in Madhya Pradesh, India.

Finland

In January 2017, the Nordic nation began paying a random but mandatory sample of 2,000 unemployed people aged 25 to 58 a monthly €560.

There is no obligation either to seek or accept employment during the two years the trial lasts, and any who do take a job will continue to receive the same amount.

A full-scale universal income trial would need to study different target groups, not just the unemployed. It would have to test different basic income levels, look at local factors.

This is really about seeing how a basic unconditional income affects the employment of unemployed people.

Japan

In Japan, New Party Nippon and the Greens Japan support basic income, along with some economists such as Toru Yamamori and Kaori Katada.

Macau

Macau has distributed funds to all residents, permanent and non-permanent, since 2008, as part of the region’s Wealth Partaking Scheme. In 2014, the government distributed 9,000 patacas (approx. US$1,127) to each permanent resident, and 5,400 patacas ($676) to non-permanent residents.

Belgium

Historically in Belgium, the most active group promoting basic income is the movement Vivant and the philosopher Philippe Van Parijs, who founded the Basic Income European network (BIEN) in 1987. A Belgian basic income networkn affiliated to the BIEN was founded in 2012 in Brussels.

Switzerland

The association BIEN-Switzerland (affiliated to the Basic Income Earth Network) promotes basic income in the francophone part of Switzerland. In the German-speaking part of Switzerland a group called “Initiative Grundeinkommen” is very active in promoting basic income.

Sources Including: Wikipedia

 

Andrew Yang will run for president in 2020 with universal basic income being “the first thing to do” and it’s first on his agenda, he promises a universal basic income of $1.000 for all Americans.

Tom Frl

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