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How UBI and a job offer scheme could end poverty—and help the public sector, too

As part of an ambitious overhaul of society, job offers in under-staffed public sector industries could be combined with a universal basic income to lift the most vulnerable out of poverty

By Felix FitzRoy and Jim Jin  

A staff member serves a cup of coffee to a woman in a nursing home. Photo: PA

The idea of a universal basic income (UBI) has attracted increasing attention, particularly since the recession. Fear of unemployment due to artificial intelligence and automation, austerity, welfare cuts, and precarious, low wage employment, as well as under-employment (including involuntary part-time work), are all relevant as they increase alongside rapidly rising inequality.

In addition, the manifest failures and injustice of many existing targeted welfare schemes and related sanctions—including the disastrous new “universal credit”—have…

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