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If we are serious about basic income we need to be clear on the costs implied – some of those costs may be large enough to give long pause for thought. Immigration is undoubtedly the largest and most pressing of these costs.
There was an almighty kerfuffle a few weeks ago over over the Green Party’s plans for Citizen’s Income. Many articles have come out both for and against, but all have missed the key question: can we afford not to have a basic income?
Consider the costs of poverty: