Got asked this question from The Spark Magazine today. Here is my answer.
It is my single manifesto promise to pay every adult in Bristol an Unconditional Basic Income of £15,000 every year, funded by the Automated Payment Transaction Tax (a small percentage tax on all transactions involving money ie a tax on spending rather than income)
Being “gifted” an Unconditional Basic Income will give every adult the choice to run a business or work for someone else in order to earn extra money, but will also give every adult the freedom to follow their Passion in life and contribute it to the community of Bristol “Just For The Love Of It”
The Unconditional Basic Income would revolutionize the way society works, eliminating poverty, improving health, reducing crime and would therefore also affect transport needs and the ways people travel.
Maybe people would need less journeys in general, maybe, with more free time to spend, people would use slower methods of travel, like walking or cycling, maybe someones passion is to set up a community transport company, where people work for free and they just need to cover costs.
Heck maybe well see a lot more rickshaws.
I also have one other thing I would do.
I would sack “first bus” and give the contract to “lothian buses” from Edinburgh. They run a service in Edinburgh that matches the tube in London. It has abundant routes, abundant services, usually a bus every 10 minutes, and a bus pass costs £48 a month. This would fill the buses and reduce congestion, making the roads a lot safer for cyclists and pedestrians. Job Done.
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