Utrecht to experiment with a universal, unconditional ‘basic income’

An article in The Independent reports that the Dutch city of Utrecht is to start an experiment aimed at determining “whether society works effectively with universal, unconditional income”. The experiment is designed to see whether a guaranteed income covering living expenses allows individuals to re-organise their time, particularly time spent caring, volunteering and studying, by permitting them to cut down their hours of paid employment. For those not in paid employment, the universal, unconditional income provides welfare without the requirements characteristic of activation and/or workfare regimes, including those in the Netherlands.

Alderman for Work and Income in Utrecht, Victor Everhardt, posed the question:

“What happens if someone gets a monthly amount without rules and controls? Will someone sit passively at home or do people develop themselves and provide a meaningful contribution to our society?”

Read the full article here.