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British think tank Autonomy will pay 30 people £1,600 per month for two years while monitoring their mental health.

A British think tank announced the UK’s first-ever universal basic income (UBI) program on Sunday, offering 30 participants £1,600 ($1,990) per month with no strings attached to see how it affects them mentally and physically.

Autonomy, the group organizing the experiment, promised the recipients that their anonymity would be preserved. It claims the group will be both randomly selected and “representative.” One set of people will be drawn from the north London suburb of East Finchley and the other from central Jarrow, in the northeast of England. The think tank also plans to employ a ‘control group’, which will answer the same questionnaires as their well-paid counterparts but without the monthly checks.

“Our society is going to require some form of basic income in the coming years, given the tumult of climate change, tech disruption and industrial transition that lies ahead,” Autonomy research director Will Stronge said in a statement accompanying the plan’s publication. He explained his organization was trialing the project now “so the ground is well prepared for national implementation.”

“All the evidence shows that [a UBI] would directly alleviate poverty and boost millions of people’s well-being: the potential benefits are just too large to ignore,” Stronge said.

While it’s unclear how a nationwide scheme would be funded, the think tank suggested the money would come from private philanthropy or local authorities.

While Autonomy’s is the first truly “universal” pilot in the UK in that there are no qualifications for participating, Wales recently began paying £1,600 per month to 500 young people aging out of foster care for two years. Scotland is working on establishing a minimum income guarantee, while a campaign is underway in the English town of Stroud to launch a UBI scheme there as well.

“We haven’t seen levels of deprivation and deep poverty across our communities like this in decades,” Emma Kernahan, one of the founders of the Stroud UBI project, told the BBC earlier this year. Government responses to Covid-19 decimated the UK economy, causing the worst market crash in three centuries, and while the economy has largely recovered since then, soaring inflation and skyrocketing energy prices have kept comfortable living out of the reach of many.

Some critics of UBI argue it takes money away from social services for the truly needy, or incentivizes sloth. Additionally, as news of Autonomy’s project spread on social media, many users expressed doubt that a government-backed UBI would ever come without strings attached, denouncing it as the first step toward communism – or an AI dystopia.

Investment bank Goldman Sachs recently estimated AI will replace the equivalent of 300 million full-time jobs, with some professions – such as the law and administration – losing nearly half their manpower to silicon competitors.

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  1. Let me guess; they have had to sign over ALL of their property, both real & mixed, to the Universal Income Authority which-in turn- goes to the Zionist ‘investors’…!
    It would be interesting to see who the recipients of the UI are…probably supporters of the WEF, and loyal to Schwab, Soros, Gates, and the Zio-Communist traitors who are perpetrating this ‘Illusion of Security’…!
    Universal Income is just printed and coined money-it has NO tangible backing from precious metals, minerals or rare stones ie diamonds, rubies, opals, etc.
    Now, if we all started trading / bartering with Monopoly Game Set money, we would ALL be arrested and charged by the corrupt Noahide Law Courts.
    If we all 3d printed weapons, built ghost guns, built home-made ballistic armour, and lived off grid, you can bet that the PTB / Zio-Bolshevik J3w$ will kick your door in, and THEY would have all of the above, but DO NOT want YOU to be on an equal footing in anything YOU do!
    That goes also for the accumulated wealth you may have from savings, inheritances (which THEY are trying to ban and now heavily tax) investments, and land holdings.
    Convert paper to gold, silver, platinum, diamonds, etc and HIDE the same from the PTB in locations where you do not reside.
    Do the same for your home-made firearms…
    This is going to get NASTY when the Reserve Banks move to pull a Force Majeur on private property, taking everything you own and using the stolen same as THEIR COLLATERAL ASSETS WITH THE BANK OF SETTLEMENTS!
    Get a 3D Printer, as I predict that those will soon be outlawed as well, or will only be available to those with 3D Printer Licences.
    GET READY to take back England from the Talmudic Zionist Banksters of the J3wi$h / Israeli-controlled ‘City of London’, and have a proper bartered currency in place until the British Pound is fully restored with silver.

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