[Rob Rainer, BICN] At the Liberal Party of Canada’s biennial convention February 20-23, 2014, held in Montreal, party members voted in favour of two policy resolutions in support of basic income. Resolution #100 was passed as one of 18 “priority” resolutions: see Creating a Basic Annual Income to be Designed and Implemented for a Fair [...]
[Karl Widerquist] A few years ago, the U.S. State of Utah has introduced a program calling Housing First, which fights homelessness by giving homeless people free housing. According to Jenny Swank of Nation Swell, recent reports estimate that Housing First “has reduced its rate of chronic homelessness by 74 percent over the past eight years, [...]
[Karl Widerquist] Representatives from 20 organizations across 10 southern African countries have initiated a campaign for a Basic Income Grant (BIG) across the entire Southern African Development Community (SADC). The campaign got officially under way at a two-day “Campaign Strategy Workshop” in Johannesburg on November 18 and 19, 2013. The SADC is an inter-governmental organization [...]
Rob Rainer, Director of The BIG Push Campaign in Canada, has called upon Canadian basic income supporters to send him brief testimonials on the difference basic income could mean in their lives. By collecting these testimonials Canadians everywhere will learn about the merits of a basic income. Read his full letter below: Dear basic income [...]
A group, working within the Liberal Party of Canada, is gathering support, hoping to get the party put the call for a basic income pilot project into the party’s official platform at the party’s convention in February 2014. The group is also willing to work with Canadians connected to other parties or without part affiliation. [...]
The Green Party of Canada has endorsed Basic Income in its platform, “Vision Green.” Section 4.12, “Eliminating Poverty,” endorses Basic Income in principle and supports a gradual transition toward a Basic Income with expanded conditional and categorical programs. Section 4.12 of Vision Green is online at: http://www.greenparty.ca/vision-green/p4.12
Godwin Uyi Ojo, the Executive Director of Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria has endorsed basic income, calling on the Nigerian government to create a National Basic Income Scheme, according to the Daily Times of Nigeria. Lara Adejoro, “ERA/FoEN Promotes Basic Income Scheme,” The Daily Times of Nigeria, January 21, 2014.
the number in poverty declined by half … Other effects included decline in minor crimes by youth, increase in high school graduation rates, and, especially when the income arrived early in a child’s life, better mental health in early adulthood.
[Karl Widerquist] A spokesperson for Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party called unconditional basic income (UBI) “dangerous brainstorming” in a recent press conference, according to Politics.HU. In response, the opposition Socialist party released a statement welcoming proposals of such as UBI. Although the Socialists stopped short of endorsing UBI, they indicated (quoting Politics.HU), “the government’s policies were [...]
The European Citizens Initiative (ECI)(See Explanatory Note below) for Unconditional Basic Income (UBI) officially ended on Tuesday January 14th 23.59pm, after collecting at least 280,000 statements of support from EU citizens in 28 countries. The exact number won’t be known until collation and official verification of all online signatures and those on paper is completed [...]