Basics of living for free

Basics of living for free

I think the idea of a universal income is a good one, but won't solve the issue that sometimes people make poor choices and money won't make anything better. So instead I would like the option of free healthcare, housing, food, education, power and basic internet available to all New Zealanders should they wish to receive it. The idea is if you want extras like fast food, cigarettes, a car, going to a restaurant and so fourth you have to earn money to pay for it, so there is still a large incentive to working.

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  • Dennis Ingram
    commented 2016-12-03 18:24:52 +1300
    I like this idea as an alternative to UBI, which perhaps can be thought of a bulk-funded form of this suggestion. It could be implemented via payment cards that can only be spent on basics, not luxuries. The concept of all New Zealanders having a guaranteed baseline level standard of living (no one left behind) but still have the option of working hard to get ahead is attractive.
  • Dennis Ingram
    tagged this with interesting 2016-12-03 18:24:52 +1300
  • Tim O’Donnell
    commented 2016-12-02 20:36:18 +1300
    I’ve changed my view slightly. I still don’t believe in a UBI because we don’t have a well established tax sytem to cope with it hence the low priority. I do however think this would be a good idea for other forms of existing benefits, hence the interesting side
  • Tim O’Donnell
    tagged this with low priority 2016-12-02 20:36:18 +1300
  • Tim O’Donnell
    tagged this with interesting 2016-12-02 20:36:18 +1300
  • Hadley Pettigrew
    commented 2016-11-28 08:14:03 +1300
    Tim, do you mean the policy won’t work, or, you don’t think it is a fit for NZ?
  • Tim O’Donnell
    commented 2016-11-27 20:48:51 +1300
    I don’t think NZ is anywhere near this policy.
  • Bart Brichau
    tagged this with interesting 2016-11-25 14:39:09 +1300
  • Hadley Pettigrew
    tagged this with important 2016-11-25 14:33:31 +1300
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  • Hadley Pettigrew
    published this page in Suggestions 2016-11-25 14:18:21 +1300