Basic income involves paying all citizens a flat income to cover basic living costs, with the intent to decouple the concepts of money and work and allow people to pursue more creative endeavors. Utrecht agreed in June to begin their basic income experiment after the summer months. Now the second city, Tilburg, has announced similar plans for a four year trial.
Groningen, Maastricht, Gouda, Enschede, Nijmegen and Wageningen are also looking at the concept and dozens of other councils have expressed an interest in the idea.
Here is how the experiment would work: One group will continue under the present system of welfare plus supplementary benefits for housing and health insurance. A second group will get benefits based on a system of incentives and rewards and a third group will have a basic income with no extras. The results will be evaluated on an ongoing basis.
More Dutch Cities May Join in 'Basic Income' Experiment
8. 6. 15 by Alex Klokus