New Zealand could become one of the first developed countries to introduce a basic citizen’s wage, while scrapping benefits.
Labour leader Andrew Little hinted his party was considering the idea as a way to combat the “possibility of higher structural unemployment”, according to a report by The Independent.
Citizen’s income involves a basic, unconditional, fixed payment made to everyone in the country by the state in lieu of benefits.
Little says Labour will debate the idea at the back end of March.
“The question is whether you have an income support system that means every time you stop work you have to go through the palaver of stand-down periods, more bureaucracy, more form filling at the same time as you’re trying to get into your next job,” Little told Fairfax.
“We are keen to have that debate about whether the time has arrived…
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