Inspired by 1970s Manitoba, Dutch city tests guaranteed income

From the CBC: Inspired by 1970s Manitoba, Dutch city tests guaranteed income.

As an experiment in the 1970s in Dauphin, Man., residents were provided a guaranteed minimum income, with no strings attached. Now Utrecht, in the Netherlands, is hoping a similar experiment will determine the best approach to help people struggling in that city.

The experiment will focus on people who are unemployed. One group will continue to collect benefits. A second group will receive benefits based on incentives and rewards. A third group will receive an unconditional basic income, meaning they’ll get paid even if they find new work — or if they make no effort to find a job. [continue]

I love this idea, and will be interested to hear if Utrecht goes ahead with it.

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