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Ten Reasons to Support Basic Income

Written by Christine Papadopoulou. Posted in Others

1) Basic Income will help us rethink how & why we work
A basic income can help you do other work and reconsider old choices: It will enable you to retrain, safe in the knowledge that you’ll have enough money to maintain a decent standard of living while you do. It will therefore help each of us to decide what it is we truly want to do.

2) Basic Income will contribute to better working conditions
With the insurance of having unconditional basic income as a safety net, workers can challenge their employers if they find their conditions of work unfair or degrading.

3) Basic Income will downsize bureaucracy
Because a basic income scheme is one of the most simple tax / benefits models, it will reduce all the bureaucracy surrounding the welfare state thus making it less complex and costly, while being fairer and more emancipatory.

4) Basic income will make benefit fraud obsolete
As an extension of (3), benefit fraud will vanish as a possibility because no one needs to commit fraud to get a basic income: it is granted automatically. Moreover, an unconditional basic income will fix the threshold and poverty trap effects induced by the current means-tested schemes.

5) Basic income will help reducing inequalities
A basic income is also a means for sharing out the wealth produced by a society to all people thereby reducing the growing inequalities across the world.

6) It will provide a more secure and substantial safety net for all people
Most existing means-tested anti-poverty schemes exclude people because of their complexity, or because people don’t even know how to apply or whether they qualify. With a basic income, people currently excluded from benefit allowances will automatically have their rights guaranteed.

7) Basic Income will contribute to less working hours and better distribution of jobs
With a basic income, people will have the option to reduce their working hours without sacrificing their income. They will therefore be able to spend more time doing other things they find meaningful. At the macroeconomic level, this will induce a better distribution of jobs because people reducing their hours will increase the jobs opportunities for those currently excluded from the labor market.

8)Basic Income will reward unpaid contributions
A huge number of unpaid activities are currently not recognized as economic contributions. Yet, our economy increasingly relies on these free contributions (think about wikipedia as well as the work parents do).

A Basic Income would recognise and reward theses activities.

9) Basic Income will strengthen our Democracy
With a minimum level of security guaranteed to all citizens and less time in work or worrying about work, innovation in political, social, economic and technological terms would be a made more lively part of everyday life and its concerns.

10) Basic Income is a fair redistribution of technological advancement
Thanks to massive advancements in our technological and productive capacities the world of work is changing. Yet most of our wealth and technology is as a consequence of our ‘standing on the shoulders of giants’: We are wealthier not as a result of our own efforts and merits but those of our ancestors. Basic income is a way to civilize and redistribute the advantages of that on-going advancement.

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11) Basic Income will end extreme financial poverty
Because we live in a world where we have the means (and one hopes, the will) to end the kinds of suffering we see as a supposedly constant feature of our surroundings. Basic income is a way to join together the means and the will.


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What is EUH?

Written by Super User. Posted in Others

The necessity of the setting up of a European participation-network of people without housing took hold during the European consultation of homeless people 2010 that was conducted for the ‘European consensus conference on homelessness” that took place in Brussels on 9 and 10 December 2010 . The idea for such a network came from all stakeholders concerned, policy makers, scientists, the services and the people without housing themselves. The setting up of a European participation network of people without housing is also a proposition In the political recommendations of the jury of the consensus conference.

After two days of talks, on12 and 13 may 2011, in Brussels, representatives of 4 self-organizations in 4 EU-countries founded the “European Union of Homeless”(EUH). On 9 February 2012 a fifth member joined EUH. At this moment EUH is composed of Armutsnetzwerk Germany, Á Varos Mindenkié Hungary, Comité Des Sans Logis France, Daklozen Aktie Kommitee The Netherlands and Front Commun SDF Belgium.

The principals and goals of EUH are enunciated in the EUH-CHARTER. EUH is an independent network that is open to all people who are houseless, those who live temporarily with friends or relatives, those who live on the street, those who took refuge in the services, to those who live in unfit housing, those who are at risk of losing their home. EUH gives a voice to houseless people in all matters that concern them.

EUH collects and diffuses information about policies and about the actual situation. EUH wants to be a place to share knowledge with all parties concerned, the population in general, the houseless people, civil society, policy makers, EU-institutions,etc.EUH organizes debates and develop political demands around minimum income, access to housing, access and standards in the services, security and repression, migration...

It is the pinion of EUH that the causes of homelessness are the same as those of poverty and social exclusion in general. The solutions are to be found in the realization of social rights such as access to housing, health-care, education, and employment. As long as a person is houseless, a decent accommodation should be available whereby the authorities must be able to ensure concrete access to proper independent housing within a specified lapse of time. Preventive measures should be taken so that people should not become houseless.

EUH has no organizational structure yet nor is it a legal entity yet. There is a temporary commitee that consists of 5 persons, one from each of the 5 organizations. On 12 and 13 May 2012 we will hold a meeting in Brussels. There we will decide together about the organizational structure and about putting up a legal entity. We will formulate political standpoints and develop a strategy for the future.

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