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Money for everyone: Why we need a citizen's income

Malcolm Torry


A Citizen's Income (sometimes called a Basic Income, a Universal Grant, a Social Dividend, or a Universal Benefit) is an unconditional, nonwithdrawable income for every individual as a right of citizenship. To replace some of the UK current tax system and much of the benefits system with a Citizen's Income would offer important positive benefits for society and the economy. Means-tested benefits are withdrawn as earnings rise, but a Citizen's Income would not be, thus making it easier for individuals and households to increase their net income. Current means-tested benefits pay less to a coupl ... More

Keywords: Citizen's Income, Basic Income, Social Dividend, Universal Benefit, Universal Grant, Unconditional, Nonwithdrawable, Citizen, Tax system, Benefits system

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Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9781447311249
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447311249.001.0001


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