Posts by Hilary Stace

  • Access: The Universal Basic Income and…,

    NZ makes the international BIEN news. Nice to know that NZ can still be known for some internationally enlightened policy thinking

    http://www.basicincome.org/news/2016/04/new-zealand-labour-party-considers-universal-basic-income/

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  • Hard News: The media awards are dead –…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Yay Eczema!

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  • Access: The Universal Basic Income and…, in reply to Julienne Molineaux,

    Thank you Julienne.
    With a UBI people wouldn't have to deal with WINZ for survival scraps like they do now. But there would still have to be some fair system to assess and pay out for need above the UBI. It could easily be a much nicer, more benign agency of the state. WINZ as we have now - as the name suggests - was a creation of the neoliberal 1990s to replace a more straightforward idea of Social Security. The last Labour government renamed it Work and Income and there were some attempts to make it more people friendly - but the WINZ name and punitive attitudes still seem to dominate. So yes, we need to improve WINZ regardless of the UBI idea.

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  • Access: The Universal Basic Income and…,

    Also this page (below) about research from global enthusiasts. So it is not a new idea and there have even been some solid studies from some 'mainstream social policy people'. The idea is growing. As I mentioned earlier a 'fickle electorate' voted for a welfare state because it was in their best interests, despite considerable antagonism from the better off. A UBI is also about activating democracy.

    http://www.basicincome.org/research/

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  • Access: The Universal Basic Income and…,

    The thing about a UBI is it is incremental and so is progress towards it. So something like merging ACC and MoH disability support and funding both by a levy would be a sensible start. Various politicians in European countries are looking at aspects of a UBI and some countries have done some trials. I expect the Basic Income Earth Network and Guy Standing's new book which is about to come out can provide more details.

    http://www.basicincome.org/basic-income/faq/

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  • Access: The Universal Basic Income and…,

    Just a note about the use of the word 'citizenship' in this post. I am using it in the context of citizenship theory which is based on human rights ie the access of all people to civil, social, political and economic rights, on an equal basis. These rights are outlined in various United Nations Conventions such as the 1948 UN Declaration on Human Rights. I mainly work in disability studies so I usually reference the 2006 United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Its numerous articles describe what citizenship means for disabled people.

    So it is definitely NOT about narrow concepts of citizenship based on nationality or ethnicity. Access to citizenship is a universal right for all humans.

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  • Access: The Universal Basic Income and…, in reply to Mark Hadfield,

    I'm not suggesting it will be easy. Neither was the establishment of the welfare state by the first Labour Government. But it was done.

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  • Access: The Universal Basic Income and…, in reply to krothville,

    Does that figure include National Super which forms the major part of the welfare budget?

    I guess it depends how much would a capital gains tax, financial transaction tax, death duties and removal of some subsidies to the well off or businesses ('corporate welfare' as the Act Party calls it) etc etc bring in to fund it. It is all 'how long is a piece of string' territory. You need the political will and then you find a way to do it.

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  • Hard News: The media awards are dead –…,

    Congratulations to all of us. Even more deserved as the judges for this award were Deborah Hill Cone and Bill Ralston - not known as fans of the lefty stuff which sometimes appears on this site.

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  • Access: The Universal Basic Income and…, in reply to Fen Tex,

    A very good suggestion about having a new needs assessment system for all welfare payments. We could start work on designing a new system for all disability and welfare support straight away. We could start by breaking down the artificial divide between the Ministry of Health and ACC and then have one universal fair, respectful system. We could crowd source the details of such a system via an accessible online discussion tool such as Loomio.

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