How a UBI Would Help Those That Are Being Left Behind

How a UBI Would Help Those That Are Being Left Behind

One advantage of an Unconditional Basic Income is that everyone gets it, no questions asked, so nobody falls through the cracks. That seems to be what is happening to a large group of Aotearoa New Zealand’s young people right now.


Not in Employment, Education and Training

Around one in six young people are not in employment, education or training. In some parts of the country (Northland and Gisborne) it is much higher at almost one in three. These figures are shocking enough – a clear sign that our economy is not working for young people. This is a critical time– when they are working out what to do with their lives – and they need support to do that. That is exactly what our Youth UBI is designed to do.

Of the 18-23 age group that we are focused on here, that amounts to around 52,000 young people. What is even more worrying is the fact that many of that 52,000 are not receiving any benefits.


Let’s look at the benefit numbers, or at least as best we can for the data we have. We estimate that people aged 18-23 receive the following benefits:

  • Jobseeker Support (aka the dole or unemployment benefit) 17,000
  • Sole Parent Support 8,000
  • Supported Living (disability benefit) 5,000

Remember that under our Youth UBI policy none of these people are worse off. In fact Jobseekers are better off – our Youth UBI is higher than that benefit and the Student Allowance. The benefit of the UBI is also that you don’t lose it if you work.  

Anyway, that is a total of 30,000 people currently receiving benefits – around one in 11 people of that age. See the problem? That leaves 22,000 people that are not in employment, education or training and aren’t receiving a benefit. That is one in every 15 young people falling through the cracks.


We don’t know why these people have fallen through the cracks.

Perhaps they have rich parents and don’t need to worry, but that is unlikely to be the case for all 22,000. More likely it is our complex, stigmatizing and punitive benefit system that is the problem. Maybe they don’t know or don’t think they are eligible for a benefit. Perhaps they are homeless, and don’t have an address to get a benefit. Perhaps they are pursuing a creative career, or trying to set up a business so they aren’t eligible for a benefit. Perhaps they are worried they will be made to do something they don’t want to do. Perhaps they smoked some weed within the last month, and are worried that drug tests will show it in their system.

Regardless, this level of young people falling through the cracks is unacceptable. Our Youth UBI would resolve that problem and ensure all young people have the best possible start in life.


Showing 5 reactions

  • Friend
    commented 2017-07-28 13:54:21 +1200
    Correction It says Care Think Vote

    Vote for who and why?
  • Friend
    commented 2017-07-28 13:52:28 +1200
    Statement you / your party would rather donate to a charity rather than spend funds on political advertising.

    Billboards are political advertising. Is Geoff an official employee for TOP..

    But Your Policy and aims state on your web page the opposite

    IF so not a good answer.

    I will not be encouraging my friends as you state. Your answer does not compute.

    Question That answer implies that even if you donate and name a charity if may not be forwarded on to the charity named but spent on political advertising.

    The bill board is purely awareness advertising and does not say why they should vote TOP. It says Think – vote – General Election.

    It could be an advert from the electoral commission. It’s not until you study it which I did on seeing for the 19 th time that I noticed in smaller letters The opportunities Party wording and then I thought Yeah which party at the moment I’m probably going to vote for, the thought was NZ 1 st Party because they have some acceptable policies and getting print and TV coverage explaining their policies like FACE THE NATION, Q&A, TV three breakfast
  • Geoff Simmons
    commented 2017-07-27 14:57:23 +1200
    We would rather give to a charity than billboards. We have a budget, and any money not given away in donations is going towards billboards. If you want fewer billboards, encourage your friends to sign up for the donation!
  • Friend
    commented 2017-07-27 12:15:33 +1200
    Like all policies to have them put into law you need to have policies that the people want in the first instance, not told policies that are to difficult to comprehend they should support, bums / numbers on seats in NZ Parliament with ethical honest people they can trust and the people that do not do U turns once in parliament or before getting to parliament . Your emphatic Statement you / your party would rather donate to a charity rather than spend funds on political advertising is not a good start to get people to have confidence with the party and you have a special main page box asking for a donation, name a charity you would like the party to donate to when for the past 21 days or so you have the biggest advertising hoarding board space, on Courtenay place, Cambridge Terrace, X base backpackers building advertising in party colours , with a profile picture of GARTH worded think vote general election 2017. Is your charity donations portfolio audited?

    Immediate smiles cross the people’s faces and they start thinking “they are subtle giving pre notice do not trust us or expect us to keep our word”. I suppose this could be called honesty.

  • Oliver Krollmann
    followed this page 2017-07-20 18:08:09 +1200