The Health Case for Basic Income

Elliott Aidan Johnson, Howard Reed, Graham Stark, Aase Villadsen, Fiorella Parra Mujica, Christodoulos Kypridemos, Richard Cookson, Daniel Nettle, Kate E. Pickett, Matthew T Johnson

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Abstract

Our research examines the impact of existing welfare systems and the prospective impacts of Basic Income on public health, service provision and a range of other social and economic outcomes. Basic Income is a system of regular, secure, predictable payments to all individuals. Unlike most existing welfare systems, it is not ‘means-tested’ (dependent on low income), based on additional needs (such as those related to being disabled), or dependent on particular behaviour (such as being unemployed and looking for work). While there may be a small number of situations where payments could be withdrawn, for example due to serious criminal behaviour, for the overwhelming majority it would be unconditional and paid forever. We develop evidence-based policy proposals around Basic Income that address key modern challenges and achieve public support. We use collaboration with organisational partners, such as Compass, Autonomy and the RSA, to translate research into real-world impact.

Original languageEnglish
TypeCase Studies
Media of outputOnline
PublisherUK Data Service
Number of pages13
Place of PublicationColchester
Publication statusPublished - 30 Oct 2023

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