A basic income
The Democrats for Social Credit Party will:
• Promote the right of every New Zealander to have an adequate basic income
• Pay the basic income to every resident New Zealander as a right of citizenship
• Progressively replace all current benefits and allowances with a basic income regardless of employment, marital, or gender status
• Retain supplements for the disabled, their carers, and housing
The ‘user pays’ mantra that ushered in the neo-liberal economic changes late last century has created demands on family incomes that has put undue pressure on the once-thriving middle class, and more shamefully, forced a quarter of New Zealand children into poverty. It is a priority of a DSC monetary reform government to remove these demands, and allow families access to a full range of social services without further eroding incomes.
The Democrats for Social Credit Party will establish a basic income, paid to every resident in New Zealand. There still exists an income universal to people over 65, which is a rightful return on the investment they have made to the nation in the past, and allows equality, inclusion and participation. The success story of this income is evident in the many active and valuable ‘post-employed’ who contribute the equivalent of billions of dollars to the nation’s economy every year through extensive and essential volunteer work. Their contribution is also evident through GST on the prices they pay for the necessities of life. Wealthier retirees also donate extensively to charities, and all retirees continue to pay income tax.
There are other sections of the community who are in obvious need of a basic income: students, caregivers of children and family members, disabled or unemployed people, the "working poor", and children whose incomes would go to their guardians or caregivers.
Published: August 2017