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What Basic Income advocates could learn from Universal Credit (yes, really)

The two systems share few cheerleaders. But look beyond ideology, and they have more in common than you might think

By Graeme Cooke  

The best way to implement Universal Basic Income would be through Universal Credit.

At Davos last week John McDonnell, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, declared his “deep interest” in the concept of a universal basic income. A week earlier the free market Adam Smith Institute gave UBI a similarly strong endorsement.

Stardust support from Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg, plus a flowering of pilots and feasibility studies, has turned this age-old, slightly nerdy idea into the zeitgeist policy of an insecure, unequal age.

At the same time—if in another world—the implementation of…

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