An opinion, and a research report

Two contrasting articles have been published during the past week:

The Scottish Herald has published a report on a debate held in Edinburgh:

Proposals to hand everyone in Scotland a basic, flat-rate income are an attempt to “euthanise” the working class as a political concept, a think-tank director has said. Tom Kibasi, director of the left-wing Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), insisted the scheme was to the UK’s economic problems “what snake oil is to medicine”. He argued it would mean “getting into bed with the billionaires” by letting capitalism off the hook and entrenching power inequalities.

To read the article, click here.


A research report entitled ‘Stress, domination and basic income: considering a citizens’ entitlement response to a public health crisis’ has been published on the relationship between stress and Citizen’s Basic Income:

In 2015/16, stress was found psychologically to be responsible for 37% of all work-related illnesses and 45% of all working days lost due to illness in Great Britain. Stress has also been linked to long-term chronic health conditions—including heart disease, stroke, cancer, type 2 diabetes, arthritis and depression—responsible for 70% of NHS England spend, 50% of GP appointments, 64% of outpatient appointments and 70% of inpatient bed days. It is apparent that medical responses to stress-related illness contribute to the NHS funding crisis without resolving underlying causes. It is necessary to address the social bases of this public health issue. We argue that one of the primary causes of stress stems from a basic assumption of modern economics: that hierarchies are essential to organizational success. We argue that the combination of hierarchy and possibility of destitution inflicts domination on individuals. We then consider the potential contribution of universal basic income (UBI) to dealing causally with this public health problem. This marks a new development in both the public health and UBI literature studies. We conclude that future trials and studies of UBI ought to measure physiological effects on stress as part of a holistic evaluation of the policy.

To read the report, click here (subscription or academic access required)

To read an article about this research, click here.