Citizen’s Income: rights and wrongs.

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Piachaud, David
Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion
Date of publication
1 November 2016
Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion, Social Policy
Social welfare
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This paper examines the concept of a  Citizen’s Income or Basic Income. The author notes confusion about the idea and attempts to distinguish different concepts. He examines a full Citizen’s Income in relation to four key criteria: the justice of an unconditional benefit; the possibility and fairness of a simple individual benefit; economic efficiency; and political feasibility. He concludes that Citizen’s Income fails on all four criteria, describing it as a wasteful distraction from more practical methods of tackling poverty and inequality and ensuring that all have a right to an adequate income.

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