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Hear Churchill Fellow Dr Peter Sloman discuss his new book at its launch here at College
The 2008 financial crisis and the era of austerity that followed have pushed poverty and inequality to the top of the political agenda in the UK and around the western world. One of the most striking responses to the new politics of inequality has been the rise of interest in the idea of a universal basic income for all citizens – a ‘universal, unconditional, and non-withdrawable income paid to every individual’. At the same time, the impact of welfare cuts and the troubled rollout of Universal Credit have focused attention on the role that the social security system already plays in supporting millions of low-income households. In his new book, Transfer State, Peter Sloman explores how the idea of a guaranteed minimum income has shaped the development of the British welfare state over the last century, and considers the prospects for basic income and other reforms.
At this launch event, Dr Sloman will discuss the book with commentators including Dr Chris Brooke (POLIS) and Dr Lise Butler (City, University of London) and take questions from the audience. The book will also be available for sale at a discounted price of £40 (RRP £65).
Bookings are not necessary — all welcome.