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Universal Basic Services – news from the project taskforce

February 5, 2021

The UBS Task Force, hosted by PRIME and supported by Network for Social Change, aims to stimulate wider interest in Universal Basic Services (UBS) as a framework for policy and practice to ensure that everyone has access to life’s essentials.  The Task Force has ten members (see below) and three strategic goals: to get UBS on the policy agenda, to build alliances and to generate new research.   
Maeve Cohen has been appointed as the new Project Officer (part-time):  she is co-founder and former director of Rethinking Economics – and a huge asset to this initiative.
Having met four times since it was set up in October 2020, the Task Force has focused initially on framing and fundraising.  Members have agreed that, while the phrase ‘universal basic services’ is familiar to some, it lacks

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Why we’re backing Universal Basic Services (UBS)

October 31, 2020

Photo from Paris demo October 2017 (by Jeanne Menjoulet , via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Make_our_public_services_great_again_(23768004778).jpg

PRIME is supporting a new programme to develop and communicate universal basic services (UBS) as a route to wellbeing for all, greater equality, full and decently-paid employment, and ecologically sustainable economic activity.  UBS is a framework for policy and practice that fosters collective responsibility, exercised through public institutions, to meet needs we all share.  It recognises that income has two dimensions: one is money and the other is ‘social income’, derived

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Why we’re backing Universal Basic Services (UBS)

October 31, 2020

PRIME is supporting a new programme to develop and communicate universal basic services (UBS) as a route to wellbeing for all, greater equality, full and decently-paid employment, and ecologically sustainable economic activity. 
UBS is a framework for policy and practice that fosters collective responsibility, exercised through public institutions, to meet needs we all share.  It recognises that income has two dimensions: one is money and the other is ‘social income’, derived from in-kind benefits (usually public services).  Both are essential, but the value of in-kind benefits is too often under-rated or overlooked.
The goal is to ensure that everyone has access to life’s necessities – what we need to live a sufficient and flourishing life – as a right, not a privilege. These necessities

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