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Faith organising

Malcolm Torry has a new book coming out called Basic Income: A Christian social policy. In Birmingham we are planning to host a launch meeting for his book. We will invite all the Christians and other interested people of faith (or no faith) that we know. We will choose a prominent faith venue to hold it in. This will help to move the discussion into new circles who are already concerned about poverty but usually focus on charity as a solution. The same approach could be taken with other faiths, all of which could in theory claim an interest - eg. Buddhists for its compassionate reduction of suffering, Sikhs for the universality of the policy.

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Combining Basic Income with Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Here is a short article on Universal Basic Income and Article 25 (Declaration of Human Rights), with a strategy on how we could bring both of them into being, by uniting the people of the world and end poverty once and for all:

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A Basic Income increases the GDP of a country

Poor people will have more money to spend, thus increasing GDP

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Basic Income is an Investment

A UBI is expensive to fund, but it should be seen as an investment as ending poverty and it's knock on effects reduces crime rates and costs of healthcare etc. More people will have the time to do jobs they are interested in making the economy more productive in the long run.

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Basic Income CAN be seen as a Libertarian Principle

A possible scenario to fund UBI would be to have incremental charges on the NHS, Education and other public services. This can be seen as a way of the individual having more choice but also raising money for important services.

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A Basic Income MUST arrive with a sea of Tax changes and new budget priorities

In order to realistically fund a UBI we would have to copy a Swedish style tax system with new taxes, such as taxes made from legalising common drugs and a mansion tax. Scrapping the Monarchy and Trident would also free up funds necessary.

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