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
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