Basic Income Health
Who we are
What we do
Research: We examine the impact of existing systems and what the prospective benefits of Basic Income might be.
Policy: We develop evidence-based policy proposals that address key modern challenges and achieve popular support.
Engagement and impact: We create outputs and engage with partners to translate research to real-world goals.
What is Basic Income?
Basic Income is a system of regular, secure, predictable payments to all individuals. Unlike most existing welfare systems, it is not ‘means-tested’ (dependent on low income), based on additional needs (such as those related to being disabled), or dependent on particular behaviour (such as being unemployed and looking for work). While there may be a small number of situations where payments could be withdrawn, for example due to serious criminal behaviour, for the overwhelming majority it would be unconditional and paid forever.
How could Basic Income affect health?
Income affects health through a number of pathways based on its different aspects. Our model of impact suggests that Basic Income can affect health through three main pathways.
Addressing poverty: which increases people’s ability to satisfy their basic needs, for example helping them to afford better food and housing.
Reducing income inequality: also giving people the option to leave abusive, damaging environments. This would reduce stress and related illnesses.
Providing a predictable and secure future: increasing people’s perception of their lifespan and making it worthwhile for them to invest in healthy behaviours.
What are the big questions?
How can Basic Income be designed for health impact?
How can we best evaluate the impact of Basic Income?
Is Basic Income for health impact affordable?
Is Basic Income politically viable?
Public Policy Preference Calculator (TriplePC)
Our Public Policy Preference Calculator (TriplePC) lets you design your own welfare policy, see some of its economic and health effects, and understand whether the public would prefer it over other options.
The Calculator is currently in development but is available to test here.
You can also read more about it here.