Corbyn’s ‘basic income’ and housing plans spell radical re-think of British way of life

Jeremy Corbyn [Image: Associated Press].

Jeremy Corbyn [Image: Associated Press].

Columnist Paul Waugh has asked whether this is an idea whose time has come, and – considering that Ontario and Norway are already about to start pilot schemes – he may be right.

It is perhaps unsurprising that Mr Corbyn plans to discuss Universal Basic Income with Norway – he is already scheduling talks with Labour-sympathetic politicians there over possible future relationships with the European Union, once the UK has left it.

It’s a shame that a predicted fall in house prices is likely to happen before the next election, though. Mr Corbyn’s idea that the state could buy up dwellings to use as social- and council houses is a good one – but can you see the Tories doing anything as responsible?

Of course not.

That’s why we have the homelessness, overcrowding and insecurity that Mr Corbyn mentions in the source article.

Of course, the Conservatives would say that a Labour Party putting forward such policies was being irresponsible, and would have the national newspapers and broadcasters supporting them.

But is it really irresponsible to say that, in the world’s sixth-largest economy, everybody should be able to afford the cost of living – rather than saying security should only be available to those who can force poverty and misery on others?

Labour is looking at a radical plan to give every Briton a ‘universal basic income’, Jeremy Corbyn has confirmed.

In an interview with HuffPost UK, the Labour leader said that the policy would be considered along with others as part of a way to ‘bring about a more just and more equal society’.

He praised the idea as he also suggested that the recent fall in property prices, post-Brexit, could help tackle the housing crisis.

Under a ‘basic income’ system, the state would give every adult of working age a monthly sum, to be topped up by earnings for those in work.

It is seen as a way out of the welfare trap, offering incentives for employment while guaranteeing all basic help with living and housing costs. Everyone, including parents taking a career break, would receive it.

The universal basic income idea has been around since the 1970s but has recently become popular and Canada’s Ontario and Norway are both starting pilot schemes.

Source: Jeremy Corbyn Looking At ‘Universal Basic Income’; Says House Price Fall Could Help Tackle Housing Crisis


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3 thoughts on “Corbyn’s ‘basic income’ and housing plans spell radical re-think of British way of life

  1. Pension Sixty

    The Basic Income replacing all the cruel Tory conditional benefit system would end hunger and want for all and would bring Jeremy Corbyn’s led democratic socialist Labour millions of non voters tomorrow. It has to become policy today in Labour.

    Basic Income would shut down all welfare reform admin both private and DWP, costing many billions, where all such reform has been condemned by a recent United Nations report, that asks that all Tory welfare reform law passed since 2010 be repealed. Not likely as there is a 2016 bill coming even further.

    Shut down all 750 despised Jobcentres, with no legal right for provision of toilets and free drinking water to claimants stuck in there for long periods of time. Unlike alleged or convicted criminals in police stations and prisons.

    This would make Basic Income entirely cost neutral. Basic Income is even more cost neutral by 75 per cent of all tax comes from each £1 we spend. Example, is three quarters of price of petrol is tax and VAT.

    What I’ve found, is that Basic Income shuts up the mouths of those who whine about benefit scroungers, a label that inflicts the belief that all those on benefit gain the money by criminal fraud. Which has led to a 200 per cent rise of the Hate Crime from verbal abuse to physical assault, against the disabled, merely all assumed to be on benefit, since 2010 and which has doubled from last year.

    Holland is already running a pilot Basic Income scheme. Many trials have been run worldwide and worked.

    As Jeremy Corbyn intends to bring about a single Ministry of Employment to put all such issues under one roof, Basic Income would need no admin from the DWP at all. Being directly admin by the taxman, after all.

    The other half of what DWP does is the state pension, pension credit and winter fuel allowance.
    Ending pensioner poverty for all, which includes millions, especially women, would save on NHS bills, social care and so much more. Please sign and share to get this as policy chance under Jeremy Corbyhn as well:
    Increased state pension, same money men and women, regardless of National Insurance record, and pay out at 60 for men and women (you can claim state pension and stay in your job not having to pay 12 per cent National Insurance deductions, but your boss still pays their employer NI):

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