Participation Income .In this intriguing essay Carey Oppenheim outlines the philosophies guiding New Labour's approach to welfare reform in the UK. She then opens up the possibility of an alternative: participation income. Participation income would be a flat rate benefit paid to all those contributing to society: people working, carers, volunteers, retired people and those unable to work through disability. The end product would be a reform of the tax and benefit system to produce a type of basic income restricted to those participating in society. After briskly outlining the advantages, disadvantages and risks of such an approach she also raises the possibility of a couple of less ambitious alternatives such as extending the current UK tax credits system to include other activities such as caring is published by the Policy Network.
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