Stewart Lansley is a visiting fellow at London’s City University and at the University of Bristol. He has written widely on inequality, wealth, poverty and austerity, and is the author of A Universal Basic Income: An Idea Whose Time Has Come? ( with Howard Reed ), Compass, 2016. He is also the author of A Sharing Economy, How Social Wealth Funds Can Tackle Inequality and Help Balance the Books, Policy Press, 2016, Breadline Britain, Oneworld , 2015 ( with Jo Mack ) and the Cost of Inequality, Gibson Square, 2011.
Two distinct ideas are being promoted to help fix Britain’s broken social security system and badly depleted public services. The first idea – of basic income (BI) – seeks a