B-Mincome: Piloting Basic Income in the City of Barcelona

Submitted by Natasha Pei on June 2, 2017 - 12:00am

Poverty and social inequality have increased in Barcelona since the financial crisis began. Income per capita has increased 11% in rich districts, while it has fallen by 27% in the poorest districts. The income gap has more than doubled over the past five years.

B-Mincome is a pilot project, led by Barcelona City Council, to implement a Guaranteed Minimum Income (GMI) that would supplement income for households in the poorest areas of the city. The core elements of the pilot will include: testing several types of GMI - from conditional and limited, to unconditional and unlimited (similar to a Basic Income); and combining a GMI with existing public and private policies, a social currency, and strengthening resident and community initiatives. It is projected that 1,000 households will receive the Basic Income over two years.

The main evaluation of this pilot project will look at how many people move out of poverty (efficacy), and the net monetary results for Barcelona (efficiency).

In this webinar, Lluís Torrens and Vibrant Communities Canada's Director, Mark Holmgren talk about the City of Barcelona's approach to addressing poverty through a guaranteed minimum income, key insights on the pilot project, and their plans for measuring success.

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