Podcasts

Weekly Economics Podcast: Universal Basic Income or Universal Basic Services?

Latest episode of our award winning podcast – subscribe on iTunes!


Universal basic income – an idea that almost no one had heard of just a few years ago – is now one of the most fashionable concepts in progressive politics. With automation increasing and wages stagnating, the theory is that giving everyone a set amount of money each year will liberate them to do what they want with their lives – and keep them out of poverty.

But some people think universal basic income is a utopian impossibility. Others think it’s dangerous. So there’s a proposal for another solution: universal basic services. Instead of giving people money, why not guarantee all of the public services they need to live a full life?

Ayeisha Thomas-Smith explores the two ideas with Barb Jacobson, Co-ordinator of Basic Income UK, and Anna Coote, New Economics Foundation Principal Fellow.

Subscribe on iTunes here.

The New Economics Foundation depends on its supporters’ generosity. If you value what we do, please consider making a donation.


Make a monthly donation

£5 £10 £25 £50 £75 £100
£

Make a one-off donation

£5 £10 £25 £50 £75 £100
£