Barb Jacobson works at a small central London charity as a welfare rights advisor, fundraiser and community project manager. She is coordinator of Basic Income UK and chair of Unconditional Basic Income Europe; she has been involved with feminist, housing and health organisations for over 30 years.
Interest in universal basic income, that is to say a payment to every individual regardless of work or means, has resurged in the last two to three years. It is an old idea, originally connected to the enclosures and the loss of common land people used for subsistence. It has…