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.
Existing Internet service too expensive and delivers poor service.
A state service provision could help our society cope with a changing job market. And best of all: it could be fiscally neutral
Millions in the UK are in low-paid or insecure jobs
Experts at UCL say free services ‘more effective and politically attainable’ than redistributive payments
The left has spent years focusing primarily on opposition: resistance to spending cuts, punitive welfare changes and the erosion of employment rights. Now, with Labour tantalisingly close to power, we have, at last, a chance to imagine something better.
Report written by a team of academics proposes ‘Universal Basic Services’
Some £42billion a year would be spent handing out food, housing and phones
Shadow chancellor hails the ‘bold’ plans and says they will inform his policy
Academics suggest the government provide free housing, food, transport and internet to help deal with the rise of robots taking jobs