7th February, 2014 / 11.00am - 4.00pm
21st January, 2020
At this panel event, we will hear from three world experts on UBI and UBS with expertise on their practical implementation as policies, asking how these policies can and should be taken forward. The event will offer a diverse set of perspectives on this major new development in public policy.
Around the world, the ideas of a universal basic income paid unconditionally to all citizens, and universal basic services provided free at the point of use, are in vogue. They are seen as solutions to the failings of conventional social policy, as well as providing new means to tackle inequality, labour market polarisation and the challenge of automation. They have found their way in to the British Labour Party’s manifesto, and trials have been undertaken in several countries. But how would they actually work? Are they affordable? Can they be administered by governments? Do the trials suggest they are living up to their promises? Would they be politically popular?