Legal Framework

The pilot universal basic income (UBI) programs to date work within the existing legal frameworks that would require changes if implemented on a countrywide scale. There are three main issues in bringing in a UBI, the defining of the system to replace other forms of welfare looked at a country-by-country basis, the delivery of the UBI, and then how it is to be financed.

The initial interface in this would be how a UBI connects and replaces social welfare, whether it could be accomplished as a single-step legislation or whether it would be gradual. Looking at the question on a ­country-by-country basis, in Australia, as an example, there are already areas where three generations have been living on this social welfare. ...

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