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Momentum for universal basic income grows

Once considered cranky, the idea is climbing up the political agenda

By Stewart Lansley  

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On 1st January, Finland’s experiment in universal basic income (UBI) began. A random sample of 2,000 citizens currently receiving unemployment benefit are being given a guaranteed and unconditional €560 (£477) a month for the next two years. The amount will be deducted from any benefits they already receive but crucially, they will continue to get the sum even if they find work. The Finnish government hopes this experiment, which may be expanded to…

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