Proponents from all points on the ideological spectrum posit a basic income as the answer to many different problems, whether in income security benefit programs or the labour market.
Virtually everyone, however, sees basic income as a replacement for “welfare” programs and an answer to the problems they create. For those of us who want to resolve these particular problems, basic income is often seen as the right response.
But we can’t lose sight of what might get lost in the shuffle.
This short essay examines six key questions to help anti-poverty and social assistance advocates determine whether any proposed basic income program will meet the test for improving life for those now getting OW or ODSP.
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This essay was published as part of a compendium called Basic Income: Rethinking Social Policy, which includes contributions from a number of authors on a variety of themes.
- The entire CCPA-ON publication is available here: https://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/reports/basic-income.