On Monday October 12th 2020, the Fabian Society Economy & Finance Group hosted an online discussion entitled ‘A British Basic Income: Has the time come?’
Hosted by Steve Macey, Author of ‘A British Basic Income: Design and Implementation’, the event comprised the following participants:
Alfie Stirling, Director of Research and Chief Economist, New Economics Foundation
Stewart Lansley, Economist and Financial Journalist, Author of ‘A Universal Basic Income: An Idea whose time has come’.
Dr Louise Haagh, University of York and Author ‘The case for a universal basic income’
Lord Andrew Adonis, ex-Transport Secretary and Head of Tony Blair’s Policy Unit.
A recording of the event is available here:
We’d like to thank our panel and all those who attended the session.
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The Fabian Society Economy and Finance Policy Group has been set up by a group of finance professionals, academics and economists to look at the future of UK economic policy.
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· Unacceptable levels of poverty and inequality for a progressive government
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The Fabian Society Economy & Finance Policy Group is a dedicated network for Fabian members with professional and academic expertise in economics and finance.