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SALFORD TO HOST WORLD’S FIRST BASIC INCOME CONFERENCE THIS WEEK
 

Star date: 31st January 2017

GREEN PARTY LEADER AND SALFORD DEPUTY MAYOR TO SPEAK AT WEALTH REDISTRIBUTION SUMMIT

This Saturday, February 4th, Salford is to host the world's first ever conference to explore the idea of worldwide basic income which aims to share the world's wealth, to guarantee everyone the means to live.

Leading a discussion on 'Building a movement' at the conference, being held at  Sacred Trinity Church on Chapel Street, will be Salford Deputy Mayor, John Merry, and co-leader of the Green Party, Jonathan Bartley.

Full details here...


World Basic Income claims to be a "new practical solution to global inequality and poverty". The idea is that every person in the world, whatever their circumstances and no matter where they live, would be given money regularly in addition to what they earn at work or receive in state benefits.

The funding would come from, what the organisation World Basic Income (WBI) describes as, "harvesting a share of the wealth that our ancestors have built up over the centuries, and that the earth yields now". With the world producing total wealth of $76trillion a year, WBI reckons that a tiny part of it – around 1.2% - could fund a world basic income.

"This could be gathered through collective shareholdings in global companies, international taxes, such as a carbon tax or financial transaction tax, royalties on goods like intellectual property or the extraction of natural resources, or fees for the use of shared goods, such as charging airlines a fee for using our shared airspace" WBI states.

This Saturday, 4th February, Salford is to host the world's first ever World Basic Income Conference, at Sacred Trinity Church on Chapel Street, which will bring together experts, campaigners, academics and the public to 'discuss and explore the concept and practical applications of a world basic income'.

"Our vision is that in a decade or three, every country has its own national basic income, while the ultimate safety net and redistribution between countries is provided by a world basic income" says Paul Harnett, Development Economist and Co-Director of World Basic Income "It's a big vision, but a workable one, and no less than the world deserves. There is more than enough global wealth to pay for it, and the technology exists to put it into action immediately.

"No one is saying this is a simple scheme to put in place" he adds "But it is a real practical plan, which could end extreme poverty, share resources more fairly, and help to solve a raft of social problems."

Speakers at the conference include René Heeskens, from the Netherlands, founder of the Global Basic Income Foundation, Karine Daudicourt, French Consular Councillor and Hillel Steiner, from the University of Manchester.

A panel session on Building a Movement will be led by Jonathan Bartley, Co-Leader of the Green Party, Adam Parsons, of Share The World's Resources, and Salford's own Deputy Mayor, John Merry.

Many might feel that Councillor Merry should be concentrating on `harvesting' planning fees from greedy developers in Chapel Street's own back yard – but don't let that put you off...

The world is desperate for new humanitarian ideas that don't involve the rancid agenda attempting to be set by Donald Trump et al. Salford should be proud of this world first...

The World Basic Income Conference
Saturday 4th February 1pm - 6pm.

Sacred Trinity Church, Chapel Street, M3 5DW.
£7.50 standard price/£4 for those on low income/under 16s free
To book tickets – click here

For further details of the Conference and World Basic Income see the website – click here

Rayofsunshine wrote
at 11:45:29 on 05 February 2017
"Wrote", thanks for your comments; I'd be interested to know more about the surcharge issue. Can you provide more details? Is Mr.Felse's version of events actually true? Apart from his odious views, what bugs me about Felse is his presumption; he considers himself to be a major political figure whereas he is a lard arsed, sixty something,failure.
 
wrote
at 05:03:10 on 04 February 2017
or that he was sleeping with the Labour MPs wife then went on to help get Labour councillors surcharged including some getting jail sentences. More covers than the CIA, Trump should employ him.
 
white wrote
at 20:17:17 on 03 February 2017
Rayofsunshine: Not wholly accurate. You missed out the period when he was in the Labour Party and attempted to be their mayoral candidate in Doncaster.
 
Rayofsunshine wrote
at 09:10:48 on 03 February 2017
Michael, the trouble is that you are as in constant as the Weather;you began as an English Democrat(Fascist), then you hooked up with Ukip;then you claimed you were one of Teresa May's,"kinder and gentler Conservatives" and now you are back with "the basket of deplorables", Ukip! This same schizophrenic approach is apparent in your position towards the post of GM Mayor; you blow hot and cold dependent on your current probability of being nominated as a mayororial candidate! Michael, you are a vacuous joke.
 
Michael James Felse wrote
at 13:29:31 on 02 February 2017
RayOfS must know I wanted to rubbish the GM Mayor election as I feel it was not wanted by most, a waste of £4million that would be better going to people in poverty. I pledged the £200,000 a year job to charity to fight Cancer. If I was to stand I would make sure the £4million went into food banks and community groups and the Mayors pay to the charity. I still have no interest in the paid GM Mayor job and wish it was cancelled and to allow A. Burnham to then be able to stand against Corbyn in next leader Laborship FAcILErace.
 
Rayofsunshine wrote
at 09:22:36 on 02 February 2017
Hold on a minute! If Michael Felse has such fundamental objections to the post of GM Mayor, why did he bust a gut last year trying to get the Ukip nomination for mayor? Rank hypocrisy or what?
 
Another Salford Lad wrote
at 06:54:07 on 02 February 2017
Hold on - Mr Merry CBE is still a councillor ? I thought he was stepping down for another (more lucrative) post...
 
Michael James Felse wrote
at 19:30:32 on 01 February 2017
On a more serious note, over in Yorkshire the idea of a Metro Mayor has gone onto hold probably for a year following a High Court reported decision that people in one area were not properly consulted. So who consulted me in Salford on the GM Metro Mayor project or should a strong letter to the PM demand a postponement of our £4million election to match the respected High Court's Yorkshire thinking? http://www.thestar.co.uk/business/comment-900m-and-devolved-powers-is-the-only-game-in-town-1-8340201
 
Michael James Felse wrote
at 15:47:04 on 01 February 2017
Do let me make @wrote feel more comfortable by me demanding UKIP gets to be Greater Manchester Mayor and hope Labour comes 3rd behind my friends in the Conservative Party. Meanwhile we have what we have which makes John Merry a good choice for this very interesting event as our Salford Council speaker.
 
wrote
at 12:34:49 on 01 February 2017
This most concerning. Is Michael James Felse ill? He has commented, mentioning both the Greater Manchester mayor and Salford council, without a single demand, merely a hope.
 
Michael James Felse wrote
at 11:08:54 on 01 February 2017
John Merry is a good speaker and good to see him taking part. I do hope Andy Burnham gets John to be Deputy GM Mayor if the Labour lot win the Big Mayoral. Meanwhile can Salford Council in fact give back services to the vulnerable people in Salford that I think deserve better services in these hardship times.
 
Salford lad wrote
at 07:26:13 on 01 February 2017
I was interested in this until I saw the parasite John Merry on the bill. This waged Councillor has for decades ruined this City and seemingly has the arrogance to continue!
 
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