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Why we need a Citizen's Basic Income$
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Malcolm Torry

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781447343158

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447343158.001.0001

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Administrative efficiency

Administrative efficiency

(p.69) Five Administrative efficiency
Why we need a Citizen's Basic Income

Malcolm Torry

Policy Press

This chapter discusses the ways in which a Citizen's Basic Income would translate into a benefits system that is coherent, simple to administer, and avoids error and fraud compared to means-tested benefits. It argues that the current tax and benefits structure does not fit together, with different sets of rules for means-tested benefits, National Insurance benefits, Income Tax, National Insurance Contributions, and universal benefits such as Child Benefit. The current tax and benefits structure is also not simple to administer, and the chapter elaborates on why the regulations for a Citizen's Basic Income would not cause problems for the administration of any other parts of the system, and therefore would make a good basis for a future benefits and tax structure. Finally, it explains why and how a Citizen's Basic Income would reduce administrative error, fraud and criminalisation.

Keywords:   benefits system, tax, benefits, Child Benefit, Citizen's Basic Income, administration, administrative error, fraud, criminalisation

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