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If Americans can’t have basic things like childcare, our democracy is a sham

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In 2014, Northwestern and Princeton researchers published a report statistically documenting how lawmakers do not listen or care about what most voters want, and instead mostly care about serving their big donors. Cou...

Film industry workers agree to strike if deal can’t be made over ‘basic needs’

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The union representing film and television crews says its 60,000 members will begin a nationwide strike on Monday if it does not reach a deal that satisfies demands for fair and safe working conditions. A strike would...

Johnson refuses to say if he could live on basic universal credit pay

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Boris Johnson has defended the government’s plans to cut universal credit while refusing to say whether he could live on the basic payment it provides of £118 a week. Questioned by reporters during his trip to the US ...

Republicans threaten our children’s freedom as well as their basic safety

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My granddaughter will go to school next week. So may your child or grandchild. For many, it will be their first time back in classrooms in a year and a half. What do we want for these young people? At least three thi...

Labour’s preoccupation with ‘values’ is a basic political error

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Labour leaders love to talk about values. Gordon Brown and Jeremy Corbyn both paid homage to what the latter called “shared majority British values”. Last month, Keir Starmer held up the party’s narrow win in Batley a...

Furlough was a radical success. Now let’s talk about a universal basic income

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With an estimated 188,000 job vacancies in the hospitality industry, pub and restaurant owners are starting to complain about the furlough scheme – specifically, that it has made people lose the will to work. That is ...

Wales to launch universal basic income pilot scheme

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A pilot universal basic income (UBI) scheme is to be launched in Wales, the Welsh first minister, Mark Drakeford, has revealed. The new minister for social justice, Jane Hutt, who is a close ally of Drakeford, will be...

Election success for UK politicians backing universal basic income

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Scores of politicians who won seats in last week’s elections, including almost half of the Welsh parliament, have signed a pledge calling a universal basic income (UBI) system to be trialled. Members of the Senedd and...

In space, no one will hear Bezos and Musk’s workers call for basic rights

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Elon Musk’s SpaceX just won a $2.9bn Nasa contract to land astronauts on the moon, beating out Jeff Bezos. The money isn’t a big deal for either of them. Musk is worth $179.7bn. Bezos, $197.8bn. Together, that’s almo...

Los Angeles could become largest US city to trial universal basic income

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Los Angeles may soon become the largest city in the US to introduce a universal basic income (UBI) program, joining its neighbors to the north – including Stockton, Oakland and San Francisco – in offering some residen...

When benefits fail to meet our basic needs

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Readers respond to Frances Ryan’s article about disturbing shortcomings in the benefits system which fail some of society’s most vulnerable peopleWe are pensioners with three disabled children and a disabled grandson;...

Oakland to launch one of the largest US universal basic income programs yet

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Oakland is set to become the latest city in California to launch a guaranteed income program, with the mayor announcing Tuesday a privately funded program for low-income families of color. The Oakland Resilient Famil...

Californians on universal basic income paid off debt and got full-time jobs

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After receiving $500 per month for two years without rules on how to spend it, 125 people in California paid off debt, got full-time jobs and had “statistically significant improvements” in emotional health, according...