Why should universal provision be limited to ‘free at the point of delivery’ healthcare and education?
Is Universal Basic Mobility the next step?
Both left and right are finding the idea of a Universal Basic Income very attractive:
There is now growing interest in Universal Basic Services – especially following the election when all parties promised huge amounts of spending.
It’s just a question of how and where.
A starting point might be transport, as the Smart Transport campaign group suggests:
Making public transport free or accessible to all
For more than 70 years, the NHS has provided UK residents with free healthcare. Free state education dates back even further, to the late 19th century, and is taken for granted as part of the fabric of society. Why should universal provision be limited to these services?
Should other services – such as transport – be provided as a right? Could universal basic mobility, or free access to a certain level of transport, be a practical, or justifiable, proposition?
picture: England London bus PNG
And some towns and cities are already doing this, as covered by this blog:
It’s been tried in the UK too:
The Futures Forum has looked at this before:
Here’s a review of a new study from the New Economics Foundation:
THE CASE FOR UNIVERSAL BASIC SERVICES
A NEW BOOK OUT THIS MONTH SETS OUT A PLAN FOR TRANSFORMING PUBLIC SERVICES.
A new book launched this week sets out a plan for transforming public services, putting people in control and establishing universal rights of access according to need – not ability to pay. It argues that we can only flourish as a society – now and in the future – if we act together and take collective responsibility to provide all of us with life’s essentials.