Universal Basic Income – working reality or a utopian pipe dream?

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A documentary which examines the idea of a Universal Basic Income (UBI) is to be screened in Belfast this month.

Arguments for the introduction of UBI – a uniform payment given to all in society, regardless of wealth or needs – have been gathering pace, with several trials set to take place in Scotland within the next couple of years.

Finland has been giving 2,000 of its citizens an unconditional income for the last five months.

The scheme sees participants receive €560 (£473) every month for two years.

Recipients do not have to demonstrate that they are seeking employment and they are not required to regularly report to authorities to prove they still need the payment, as is the case with standard unemployment benefits. They can spend the money however they like.

Under the pilot, if a participant finds work, they will continue to receive the stipend.

The documentary Free Lunch Society will be screened at the Ormeau Baths, Belfast, at 7pm on Thursday, September 21.

Tickets for the event, organised by New Notions Cinema, are available at https://www.newnotionscinema.com/events/freelunchsociety

 

 

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