This is an interesting report on an Universal Basic Income programme in Finland. Initial results are promising, as the recipients can work part-time and start businesses without the disincentives of losing support often found with current social security benefits.
Interestingly, the major critic of the trial is a local union, who says that the programme will make lower paid jobs too expensive; presumably, because the businesses would have to pay at least matching salaries. I expected that argument from the business owners. To be honest, in my view, if you can’t pay a living wage you should not be in business and I think workers should take that view too.
I think this a great idea, especially for students and creative people; and entrepreneurs of every kind.
Read/listen to the article. This is becoming a worldwide discussion.