Tag Archives: social policy

(1031) Basic income & automation

robotHere’s a discussion on National Public Radio of something with which we are totally down: basic income.  Automation is coming, yes.  Robots, too.  Just the other day one of our interns was in a very well-known Scottish restaurant chain and reported back that they have these new oversized iPod things on which you order your burgers instead of telling an employee what you want.
As our jobs are automated, some say we’ll need a guaranteed basic income (audio 4:18 & URLs)
KQED/NPR

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(1006) A little help has big impact on homelessness [Study]

Help
A US study finds tactical, one-time cash assistance in the amount of $1000 has a really good influence on the lives of those about to tip  into homelessness.  Even the crudest cost/benefit analysis of keeping one person out of homelessness, let alone many, ought to reveal the good common sense of this kind of social spending.  An ounce of prevention…
A bit of cash can keep a person off the streets for 2 years or more
sciencemag.com

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(997) Helicopter money: an open letter from economists

helicopterHelicopter money sounds like just plain fun after decades of neoconservative misery.  A glib prescription for monetary policy from a senior economist made years ago: toss money out of helicopters over major cities to stimulate the economy.  He was only partly kidding.  It’s a more fun name for basic income.
Cash handouts are best way to boost growth, say economists. In letter to the Guardian, 35 economists state that providing money directly to households would be most effective policy

(975) 1980s social housing [Excerpt from Subdivided]

socialhusingTruth for smug Canadians via moments of return from writer Jay Pitter as she walks the Toronto social housing complex she lived in during the 1980s.  Excerpted from Subdivided, City-Building In An Age of Hyperdiversity, a new release from Coach House Press.
A visit to the social housing community of my childhood
nowtoronto.com

(972) OW poverty gap 200% bigger since 1993 [CCPA report]

gapreport
Recipients of Ontario Works, what used to be called simply welfare (i.e. the dole), are deeper in poverty by a staggering proportion.  That’s the primary finding of a recent report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.  That is absolutely crazy, and it calls – as it seems do so many things we learn about at suburban-poverty.com – for a basic income guarantee.
Ontario’s social assistance poverty gap
(with link to 20-page .pdf file)

(962) BIG builds muscle

musclepersonsWhen this blog began in 2011 the idea of a Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) was still kinda out there.  Not any more.
Here is a good feature article designed to convey a sense of recent momentum from a UK perspective:
Should we scrap benefits and give everyone 100 a week? The idea of a universal basic income is about to leap from the margins to the mainstream, bringing promises of a happier and healthier population
theguardian.com
Canadian writer Anemone Cerridwen writes regarding the potential benefits to women of a BIG:
A basic income guarantee is both feasible and feminist
feministcurrent.com