What would life be like if your government made sure every citizen was financially secure regardless of whether they worked or not? Many nation states already have some form of safety net for citizens. Some do this better than others. People can be stigmatized just for trying to use the safety net and trying to get the benefits you’re entitled to can be really difficult not to mention confusing. Long forms, measly payments and harsh rules imposed by governments trying to push people back into work. And, of course, the more complicated the system the more it costs to administrate. But, as jobs become less secure a safety net is more important than ever. One possible solution has been around for centuries. Now it’s gaining traction around the world. A Citizen’s Basic Income would pool all this money and give everyone an equal share. On top of what you might earn at work you’d receive an unconditional amount each month from the government. Not a fortune, but enough to live a dignified life without the bureaucracy of welfare systems or the fear of poverty hanging over your head and when everyone receives the same there’s no stigma involved. Critics say society is too complex for such simple plans. What about those with greater needs, disabilities or higher rent to pay? And what if the guarantee of a free lunch puts people off finding work? But campaigners say all the evidence points to basic income being a success. In test runs, people still worked But had the option to pursue more fulfilling jobs and hobbies And when everyone has a bit of money to spend the economy grows. So, is this an idea whose time has come? Would you like to learn more about it? Watch “Free Lunch Society” brought to you by Moving Docs. Check the link to find out where.