Established in 2017, the Basic Income Lab:
Adapted from Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN)...
- Periodic: It is paid at regular intervals (for example every month), not as a one-off grant.
- Cash payment: It is paid in an appropriate medium of exchange, allowing those who receive it to decide what they spend it on. It is not, therefore, paid either in kind (such as food or services) or in vouchers dedicated to a specific use.
- Individual: It is paid on an individual basis—and not, for instance, to households.
- Universal: It is paid to all, without means test.
- Unconditional: It is paid without a requirement to work or to demonstrate willingness-to-work.
In early November 2018, the Basic Income Lab launched a toolkit, “Basic Income In Cities: A Guide to City Experiments and Pilot Projects” at the National League of Cities city summit. The toolkit serves as a policy guide for city leaders interested in piloting UBI.