The Voices of Basic Income

Published: February 2020 Publication Type: Publication

Authors: Amanda Hill-Dixon, Gitanjali Patel, Hannah Davis, Victoria Boelman

This report explores the lives and experiences of residents in three neighbourhoods of Eix Besòs in North-Eastern Barcelona.

Since December 2017 these communities have been part of a radical experiment – B-MINCOME – to tackle urban poverty and social exclusion in the city. B-MINCOME is a pilot study trialling a minimum income and, for some participants, active policy programmes (related to employment, community, social enterprise and housing) for approximately 900 people in 10 neighbourhoods for 24 months.

This report tells the story of how people experienced B-MINCOME, the impact it had on individuals, families and communities and builds on previous ‘baseline’ research conducted by The Young Foundation in 2017, which detailed what life was like in the three neighbourhoods prior to B-MINCOME. While B-MINCOME has been positioned and discussed in relation to debates about basic income, as can be seen in Appendix 1, it only partially fulfils the characteristics of a basic income, like the vast majority of so-called ‘basic income’ trials, and can more accurately be described as a minimum income experiment. Nevertheless, this qualitative study of B-MINCOME reveals the lived experience of this type of trial, which is often overlooked, with implications for the design and implementation of future basic and minimum income trials and policies.

B-MINCOME is a collaborative project funded by the European Union through Urban Innovative Actions. The Young Foundation has worked in partnership with Barcelona City Council, as well as the other B-MINCOME project partners: The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), the Institut Català d’Avaluació de Polítiques Públiques (Ivàlua), Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, BarcelonaTech (UPC), and the International Institute for Nonviolent Action (NOVACT).

Download the Executive Summary here

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