Ontario will launch a trial run of universal basic incomeby Beatrice Credi - 2017.04.26
The Canadian province of Ontario will launch a trial run of universal basic income with about 4,000 participants this summer, making it the first North American government in decades to test this type of policy. Participants in the three-year, C$150m pilot program will be drawn from the cities of Hamilton, Thunder Bay and Lindsay. A randomly selected mail-out will invite applications in the coming months, with participants screened to ensure they are between the ages of 18 and 64 years and living on a low income. “This is a new world with new challenges,” Kathleen Wynne, Ontario’s premier, said. “Our goal is clear. We want to find out whether a basic income makes a positive difference in people’s lives. Whether this new approach gives them the ability to begin to achieve their potential,” she added.
Ferrara opens new residence for impoverished divorced men
In Ferrara, Italy, a special residence is opening its doors, for divorced males in economic difficulty. The 120 square meters will be equipped with a kitchen, common dining room, two bathrooms, and three rooms that can be divided into 7 sleeping quarters. In addition, there will be a vegetable garden Read More.
How many Italians have become poor after marital split
In Italy, there is no longer a doubt that poverty increases when marriages fail. After the end of the marriage, among other things, the couple is forced to redefine their living arrangements. And, within this context, the charitable association Caritas attests to an increase in the number of individuals who Read More.
New government assistance for poor families: animal voucher
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Bikers build homes for poor families in Romania
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Italian middle class is disappearing
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Finally a state stands up against lunch shaming
New Mexico is the first American state to prohibit lunch shaming. A punitive practice that is widespread in the U.S. That humiliates students who are unable to pay regularly for school lunches. The new law, proposed by a group of associations and Democratic politicians, which was approved last week, prohibits Read More.