Basic Income Group

Many Feasta members are advocates and activists for universal basic income, and in 2018, Feasta formed a Basic Income group.

Universal Basic Income is the proposal that the state (or the EU or other governmental body) should make a regular payment to every individual resident regardless of circumstances, without any means test or work requirement. It would be enough to live a frugal but decent life without additional income.

Group members also believe it vital that a basic income should be combined with a ‘social wage’, which consists of services that reduce the cost of living. These include Universal Basic Services which the government provides from public funds, such as healthcare, education, childcare, adult care, legal services and public transport. Social wage also includes access to public goods such as parks, libraries, leisure facilities, galleries and museums.

This Feasta group is particularly focussed on the role that basic income could play in achieving a sustainable society and economy, both in Ireland and globally.

In our research and advocacy we frequently draw on the work of Basic Income Ireland, Social Justice Ireland and international networks such as BIEN. We also work closely with World Basic Income.

The 2022 Feasta discussion paper “Land, labour, housing, money, farms: moving the goalposts of Irish agriculture” incorporates a proposed UBI costing for Ireland which would provide an income of €250 per month to every adult Irish State resident via modest increases in income tax (with those earning less than approximately €40000 a year gaining financially). This costing was developed by two members of Basic Income Ireland, David Quinn and John Baker, who both participated in a video panel discussion on the paper.

Below you can see a range of articles and presentations on basic income, produced by our group members.

Father’s Day thoughts on Star Wars, religion, and basic income 

Mike Sandler draws on the work of linguist George Lakoff to argue that "maybe it’s time to rethink the conventional wisdom received from our fathers about religion, strict father politics, the idea that hard work at a job equals self-worth or that many of those jobs can even provide a reasonable livelihood without basic income."