Our ‘Question Time’ postcard and online project aims to gather answers from a range of people across Sheffield. We have an exhibition space at the Theatre Delicatessen on the Moor for answers along with our Facebook page. If you fancy getting creative, or have ideas for good places where people could answer them, or would like to help out – it would be really appreciated. Just come along to our meet this Wednesday or get in touch.
 
We are also holding a meeting on a ‘Sheffield Basic Income’ in association with the Centre for Welfare Reform on June 1st. A draft discussion document for a Sheffield Basic Income and pilot scheme will be published by a working group soon. It will then open out to everyone to contribute and carry on the discussion. We’re looking ahead to making the meeting a success, and if you can offer help, or fancy coming, then get in touch!
 
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Universal Credit vs Universal Basic Income
 
“In areas where the full universal credit rollout has taken place, food bank referral rates were running at more than double the national average.” – a sign that things aren’t going to plan, unless the Government really wants to starve people… (The Guardian)
 
* Shouldn’t everyone receive a stake in society’s wealth?
* Could we create a fairer world by granting a guaranteed income to all?
* What would this mean for our health, wealth and happiness?
Universal Basic Income is a marvellous idea in theory, and there’s good books on it, but for now, here’s an excellent video explaining why we will soon really need it (YouTube) from former U.S. presidential advisor Robert Reich.
 
“It’s a rare opportunity to make some real change,” he told the Star. “There has been so much talk, so much written. A little bit of study here, a little bit of study there. A lot of theory. We’re going to have an opportunity to do a rock-solid pilot that is either going to prove or disprove it.” – Canada explores the Basic Income – something we could do in Sheffield?
 
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Forthcoming
 
Sheffield Equality Group monthly meet
Wednesday 3rd May 7pm-9pm, Quaker Meeting House, St. James’ St, S1 2EW
Planning for the Festival of Debate Question Time project and a meeting on the Basic Income. Hosted by Sheffield Equality Group. All welcome. Free, donations for tea and biscuits.
 
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What Can I Do to Make My City A Better Place?
Tuesday 9th May, 6:30-8PM, ROCO, Glossop Road, S10 2HW
Small acts can make a significant difference. But is it really possible for citizens to directly help make their city a better place? Festival of Debate in association with University of Sheffield
(see Tickets for Good)
 
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Tax Dodgers Guide to Fargate
Saturday 13th & 20th May 1-2PM Fargate
The Tax Dodger’s Guide to Fargate is back with new tips on how to dodge tax like the big boys. Join Dodge & Co on a walking tour of Sheffield’s high street. No ticket needed – just meet on Cathedral forecourt at 1pm. @DodgeAndCo
 
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Gender and Poverty
Thursday 18th May 7-9PM Quaker Meeting House
Panel discussion with Sophie Walker, leader of the Women’s Equality Party and guest speakers, looking at women’s poverty in Sheffield and the UK. Is there gender bias in the way traditional economic thinking addresses poverty? In association with the Women’s Equality Party, pay what you can.
 
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