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The Future of Welfare: Basic Income?

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The European Social Survey and Ronnie Cowan MP are holding an event as part of the ERSC's Festival of Social Science on whether there is public support for introducing a universal basic income.

Using new data from the latest round of the European Social Survey (ESS) released in October 2017, this event will discover whether there is an appetite for introducing a universal basic income guarantee in the UK.

A basic income scheme is where the government pays everyone a monthly income to cover essential living costs and replace many other social benefits. It aims to guarantee everyone a minimum standard of living as everyone receives the same amount regardless of whether or not they are working. People would also retain any money they earn from work or other sources.

This topical policy idea has been discussed in many countries, leading to basic income trials in Brazil, Canada, Kenya, Namibia, The Netherlands and USA over the past decade. Finland began a two-year trial with 2,000 unemployed people in January 2017.

This event will discover whether there is public support in the UK for a pilot scheme and compare this with views in other European countries.

ESS will also present analysis of data showing attitudes towards the introduction of a basic income guarantee, in the context of other welfare attitudes gathered through the survey in the UK.

For the first time in the history of the ESS, a set of welfare questions included in Round 8 (2016/17) face-to-face surveys included an item on introducing a basic income guarantee.

The ESS will present some findings from this newly available dataset. Following presentations, there will be an open Question and Answer session in which attendees will have an opportunity to ask speakers what they think the implications of this data are for public policy.

Analysis of responses gathered through the ESS will be presented by members of the ESS HQ team - including Director, Professor Rory Fitzgerald - based at City, University of London.

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