Welfare

A focus on means-testing, rather than a guaranteed income floor, had been ‘a blind alley’


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In an article for The Times, columnist Philip Aldrick quoted IEA briefing paper ‘Covid-19: Redefining the state of welfare’ by Head of Education Dr Stephen Davies, in which he argues that coronavirus has united left and right on universal basic income.

The column quoted from Steve on the subject: “Free marketeers had forgotten the ‘long tradition of classical liberal thinking on the welfare function of society’. A focus on means-testing, rather than a guaranteed income floor, had been ‘a blind alley’ and that crises had a habit of forcing change and the case for a universal basic income needed to be heard”. 

Read the full article here.



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