BC has better tools than universal basic income to create a more just society, report finds – UBC News

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A basic income for all is not the best policy option to effectively tackle poverty and other justice-related issues in B.C., according to an expert panel of economists whose report on the idea of a basic income guarantee was released today.

The report, Covering All the Basics: Reforms For a More Just Society, found that a more successful strategy for creating a more just society would prioritize expansive reforms to current systems, administration, policies, and programs. The goals would be to improve social supports to vulnerable groups, deliver benefits to underserved single working-age adults and low-income renters, and provide targeted basic incomes to people with disabilities and youth aging out of care, among dozens of other recommendations.

Our evidence suggests that a mixed, tailored system is the best approach for positive change, said Dr. David Green, professor at the Vancouver School of Economics at UBC, and the panels chair. British Columbians would stand to benefit the most with different approaches in different circumstances.

The panels co-members are Dr. Jonathan Rhys Kesselman at SFUs school of public policy and Dr. Lindsay Tedds at the University of Calgarys school of public policy.

The report is the culmination of more than two years of study, and is based on more than 40 research papers commissioned by the panel.

The panel made 65 recommendations to the government, including:

For the full report and all of its recommendations, click here.

For the executive summary, click here.

For more about the panel and the research papers, visit bcbasicincomepanel.ca

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