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UNITED KINGDOM: The Green Party reaffirms its commitment to a Citizen’s Income (BIG)

On Saturday 1st March the Green Party Spring Conference passed the following resolution: We call upon [Green Party Executive Committee] to establish a working group (WG) drawing on expertise in the fields of taxation, social security and any other relevant fields, to calculate a Citizen’s Income at a level that is reasonable and affordable. We [...]

CANADA: Premier might support BIG pilot project in Prince Edward Island

Robert Ghiz, the Premier of Prince Edward Island (PEI), might—or might not—be interested in a BIG pilot project in the provides. He announced in the provincial legislature on March 27 that he is interested in having a pilot project on “the Guaranteed Livable Income” (GLA) in PEI, according to reports from both the Charlottetown Guardian [...]

EUROPEAN UNION: major conference to discuss BIG for the entire European Union

Politicians and major European organisations working in the fields of health, poverty, democracy, education and the environment will discuss the potential benefits of unconditional basic income at the European Economic and Social Committee on Thursday, 10 April 2014. The conference will also mark the launch of a new network, Unconditional Basic Income Europe, which formed [...]

GERMANY: Basic Income proponent Wolfgang Strengmann-Kuhn returns to the German parliament

[Michael Millar] At the end of January Wolfgang Strengmann-Kuhn regained a place in the German parliament with the Green Party. He had served as member of parliament from 2008 until 2013, but this year he took over from Priska Hinz, an opponent of Basic Income. A key batttleground is HartzIV, the basic unemployment benefit in [...]

Journal Pioneer staff, “EI manipulation further cements need for basic income guarantee – Redmond”

[Craig Axford] Canadian government changes to Employment Insurance (EI) program make a guaranteed income more attractive to some on Prince Edward Island. Journal Pioneer staff, “EI manipulation further cements need for basic income guarantee – Redmond”, The Journal Pioneer, February 25, 2014.

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UNITED STATES: Former Labor Secretary Endorses BIG, calling it “almost inevitable”

Robert Reich, Former U.S. Secretary of the Labor and now a popular author and commentator, recently endorsed a basic income guarantee (BIG) in response to a question from the floor during a talk about San Francisco State University. His first answer to the question of whether he would support a basic income large enough to [...]

CANADA: Liberal Party members vote in favor of two resolutions supporting Basic Income

[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 [...]

UTAH, UNITED STATES: Basic Housing Grant has reduced homelessness by 74%

[Karl Widerquist] A few years ago, the U.S. State of Utah introduced a program called 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, moving [...]

SOUTHERN AFRICA: Campaign begins for a Basic Income Grant for the entire Southern African Development Community

[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 [...]