UK Labour Party announces that they will bring in free bus travel for everyone under 25
The budget will increase funding to provide essential funding for public services
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.
“Car nation” Germany has surprised neighbours with a radical proposal to reduce road traffic by making public transport free, as Berlin scrambles to meet EU air pollution targets and avoid big fines.
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.