The Case for Basic Income Series

This series examines basic income through the lens of different sectors in our society.

The following cases have been completed:

Coming soon: The case for basic income and the criminal justice system and for agriculture.

About the cases

While each case identifies distinct issues and concerns specific to each sector, there is a common thread that runs through them all – income insecurity – and how a basic income guarantee would enable many people to improve their security and well-being. For example:

  • People experience food insecurity because they lack sufficient income. 
  • People’s mental and physical health is often compromised by income insecurity.
  • People find themselves trapped in abusive relationships because they lack sufficient income to leave. 
  • People whose work is precarious, unpaid or underpaid lack recognition for their work and their contributions to society. 

Each case presents their findings in a variety of ways: 

  • A report or summary.
  • Letters to the Prime Minister, other MPs and Senators
  • Op-eds, articles, and webinars.
  • Presentations to Federal Standing Committees

How each case is developed

For each ‘case’, a core team of topic experts, community representatives, and basic income advocates is brought together to develop the 2 or 3 page briefing note. This note is evidence based. Once developed, the briefing note is shared with many other sector-based institutions and individuals for support. These ‘cases’ are living documents: they continue to evolve in order to reflect the best information that can be found and to make sure they reflect as many perspectives as possible.