It also demands more complex, more high-quality public services. A general set of services that everybody benefits from actually becomes more important when people are working in more different ways than they used to.
In the past few months, there has been significant interest in parts of the blogosphere with the idea of Universal Basic Services, a vision of state provision of services that not only covers education and healthcare but also transport, information, food and housing.
8% of the population, struggle to afford basic goods and services, those who live in poverty suffer from complete social exclusion
Far more compelling than UBI is ‘UBS’, or the idea of ‘universal basic services’
What could be more attractive than a government prepared to spend more public money to subsidise low wages and dwindling supply of precarious jobs?
Background context for 21st century welfare reform and unique aspects of basic services.
The most powerful aspects of the argument are probably not the cost calculations for particular services (which are in any case quite speculative) but the implied political potential of supporting and expanding the social wage.
UBS provides an intellectual and political route into debates about securing inclusive citizenship in unequal, open economies like the UK’s