RBI, UBI, Basic Income...

There are many ways to talk about Unconditional Basic Income.
But all have a common ground: helping people escape poverty and guaranteeing their participation in society with dignity.
UBI is not new. Quite the opposite. The first references appeared in the 16th century, by Thomas Moore, in the book “Utopia”. It was not the idea of UBI as we think of it today, but the idea of an income to ensure the subsistence of each person, so that the poorer could have enough money to ensure them a better life. But throughout history many other names have presented this idea, such as Thomas Paine, Bertrand Russell, Milton Friedman and, more recently, André Gorz and Phillipe van Parijs, who speak of a “life of freedom for all”.

And you? Have you thought about your freedom?
Do you agree with this measure? Do you find it interesting?
In these pages you can know everything! Check the several associations and movements that talk about the subject in Portugal and the World and enter the debate! We’re counting on you.

Links para movimentos

Petição Iniciativa de Cidadania Europeia

The aim of this movement is to introduce unconditional basic incomes throughout the European Union (EU) that guarantee each person their material existence and the possibility of participating in society as a member of its economic policy. This goal will be achieved within the competences conferred on the EU by the Treaties.
This group of Citizens asks the European Commission to present a proposal for the introduction, throughout the EU, of unconditional basic incomes, which will reduce regional disparities with a view to strengthening economic, social and territorial cohesion in the EU.
This will achieve the goal of the 2017 joint declaration of the Council, Parliament and Commission, according to which, in order to fight inequality, “the EU and its Member States will also support efficient, sustainable and equitable social protection systems, in order to guarantee basic incomes”.

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RBI Portugal

Ideally, a UBI should be enough to live with dignity. The amount must be sufficient to guarantee decent living conditions, which are in accordance with the social and cultural standards of the country in question. It must prevent material poverty and guarantee the opportunity to participate in society. This means that the net income should at least be at-the-risk-of-poverty level, according to European standards, which corresponds to 60% of the so-called median income per equivalent adult. Especially in countries where most people earn low incomes, and where the average income is therefore low, an alternative benchmark (a basket of goods, for example) should be used to determine the value of the basic income, so that it guarantees a life with dignity, material security and full participation in society.
The purpose of this site is to inform and promote discussion about unconditional basic income in Portugal, so that the best ways to organize and implement this system can be found.

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RBI internacional

Founded in 1986, the Basic Income European Network (BIEN) was established to strengthen the connection between all people and groups interested in Basic Income (i.e., a periodic cash payment delivered unconditionally to everyone individually, without evidence of resources or work) and to foster an informed discussion of this issue around the world. In 2006, BIEN became the Basic Income Earth Network.

BIEN gathers several people, from academics, students and social policy professionals, to people actively linked to political, social and religious organisations. These members are also of various ages, nationalities and political affiliations.

The mission of the Basic Income Earth Network is to provide information on alternative arguments, on proposals and problems relating to basic income as an idea, as an institution and as a public policies practice.
BIEN does not adopt any specific Basic Income project, but instead promotes a plural debate on this subject.
BIEN is a UK registered charity (1177066).

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