Archive for the ‘Welfare’ Category

Welfare policy.

December 28, 2017

By replacing graduated income tax with a flat tax, the affordable citizens income (Unconditional Basic Income) is almost doubled.  Is a Basic or Citizens Income affordable?, November 2017.

Work should be allocated by self-selection not compulsion, but beneficiaries should have a reasonable financial incentive to do paid work. Benefit withdrawal is effectively a tax, and effective marginal tax rates, including benefit withdrawal, should ideally be no higher for beneficiaries than for high income earners. “Full employment”, in Alison’s manifesto.

Guaranteed Minimum Income systems often use means testing. The Unconditional Basic Income doesn’t. It is not unusual to fail to distinguish between them, label them both Basic Income, and blame one of them for the faults of the other. Some welfare history, August 2017.

Women should have their own money as individuals, not just as part of a family or household, and children need at least as much money as adults, if the cost of childcare, including the opportunity cost of parental childcare, is taken into account. Welfare reform for the 21st century, August 2010.

High priority was given to the need for tax and income support for women working in the home, and for more childcare facilities. The most logical way of doing this, with the least fuss, is by the basic income method. History of Basic Income politics in New Zealand, 1996.


European election.

June 10, 2014

For me, in all the thousands of words I saw about the European election campaign, one sentence stood out. It was in the Manchester Friends of the Earth’s list of 10 policies:

” a new EU economic strategy . . . which shifts the tax burden from labour to resource consumption . . . ”
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Environmental taxes on resources and pollution could be better than income taxes, not only for the environment, but also for reducing inequality.

( ” Progressive tax and inequality”, in “Citizens incomes and progressive tax”, ).

I think this policy should be a major feature in the 2015 Westminster election campaign.

Economics, environment, welfare.

July 10, 2009

All the other pages on this site are listed in, with a brief description of each page following its title and link.

They are grouped into five categories: Boom and bust, Monetary policy, Welfare, Environment, and Summaries.