The Future of Work Commission today released the second of its background papers on a Universal Basic Income. The paper A Universal Basic Income for New Zealand is a joint paper between writer and researcher Max Harris and postgraduate student Sebastiaan Bierema.
A Universal Basic Income is one of the ideas that has been most frequently recommended to the Commission after being noted as one of the possible solutions in our Security of Income and Work issues paper. It was felt appropriate to further explore the benefits and risks of UBI through a background paper to enable wider feedback on the idea.
A Universal Basic Income involves the government making a cash payment to meet basic needs of living to every member of society. This paper explores what it may mean in a New Zealand context, the benefits and criticisms of the idea, and how it could be implemented here. It lays out options for what a UBI could be rather than putting forward a specific proposal.
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