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Does the Benefit System Work for You?

Lots of people with learning difficulties do not find the benefit system easy or helpful. Too many people live in poverty and too many people find themselves stuck in poverty traps - unable to work - unable to live with a partner - unable to have savings.

In the past few years the system has got even worse with lower benefits and more tests, sanctions and stigma.

Can we change the system?

There is a growing demand around the world for a new kind of benefit system called Basic Income:

  • Everybody gets enough money to live on
  • People are not punished if they work
  • People can keep any money they earn
  • People get their own money, whoever they live with

But how does this work for disabled people?

Simon Duffy (a co-founder of LDE) and Caroline Richardson (a co-founder of Spartacus Network) have developed a proposal called Basic Income Plus - showing how basic income would work for disabled people.

You can read an Easy Read version of their ideas here.

The webinar was recorded on 10th November 2020.


Simon Duffy

Simon Duffy


Gary Bourlet

Gary Bourlet


Basic Income Plus: Easy Read Version

Basic Income Plus: Easy Read Version

Basic Income Plus is a radical way to reform benefits by giving everyone enough to live on and ensuring people with extra needs get more.

Is Basic Income Essential to the Good Life?

Is Basic Income Essential to Good Life?

Simon Duffy gave this keynote talk for the Centre for Wellbeing in Public Policy and as part of the Festival of Debate 2020 online.