THE STATE should provide free housing, food, transport and internet access to help cushion the blow of thousands of jobs being lost to advancement in technology, a report has suggested.
The state should make shelter, food, travel and IT services available to all, free at the point of use, rather than focusing on redistributing money, a team at UCL says
‘Universal basic services’ costing about £42bn could be funded through higher taxes, say Jonathan Portes and academics
People in more equal societies are more willing to help each other, trust each other, and to take part in community life.
At a time of austerity, it is sometimes difficult to remember that the UK is one of the richest countries on the planet. Rising homelessness and the use of foodbanks are just a couple of indicators that a portion of our society is being left behind.
Professor Jonathan Portes and Howard Reed write two papers discussing the challenges facing our society and look at the costs and effects of delivering Transport and Information UBS.
It makes an important contribution to the debate around Universal Basic Income, and will help inform Labour’s thinking on how we can build an economy that truly works for the many not the few.