Magazine article New Internationalist

Basic Income Trialled

Magazine article New Internationalist

Basic Income Trialled

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NETHERLANDS

What would you do if you could earn a modest regular income without having to go to work? Sit passively at home, or use your new freedom constructively? Citizens in Utrecht will find out when their city tests the feasibility of a universal basic income this autumn.

The year-long experiment - by city officials and Utrecht University - will see 250 participants receive $980- $1,415 a month for basic living costs such as healthcare and groceries.

Critics claim it will discourage people from working, but organizer Nienke Horst thinks 'people will still make every effort to find a job, or participate in a different way' such as through volunteering or childcare.

The trial is not universal, which is how basic income would work if scaled up. Instead, it will target benefit claimants. …

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