Our local economy is changing. Though there are signs that things are improving in the London/Middlesex/Oxford/Elgin region, it looks like a surprising number of people who are 25 – 54 years of age are not working or looking for work.
In order to provide food, clothing, housing, transportation, child care, and other basic living expenses for their family of four, a pair of London parents working full-time would need to earn $15.53 per hour, or $30,284 annually.
The discussion about Basic Income Guarantee has been catching on in London at rapid rates. It was the topic of a recent North East Community Conversation; became the subject of debate at the Wolf Performance Hall earlier this week, and King’s University College brought in some of Canada’s leading experts (Senator Art Eggleton and Dr. Evelyn Forget) to share their perspectives with London about basic income guarantee.
Following an invigorating evening of conversation at the Oxford-style debate held at the Wolf Performance Hall on Monday, April 18, the London Poverty Research Centre is honoured to host some of Canada’s leading experts on basic income guarantee on Tuesday, April 19 for an evening of learning and conversation.
Part of the strength of the London Poverty Research Centre @ King’s lies in creating partnerships with individuals, initiatives and organizations who are working in similar capacities. The LPRC @ King’s has taken a long time to understand the issue of Basic Income Guarantee (also referred to as Guaranteed Annual Income, Basic Livable Income, etc)
Dr. Bharati Sethi, Assistant Professor of Social Work at King’s University College at Western, and LPRC Board member is advocating for the inclusion of methodologies and tools that are designed to pick up nuances of people’s experiences in Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR).
The LPRC has launched a new blog site intended to serve as a continual conversation on issues on poverty in our community. Created and curated to include the many voices associated with the LPRC – academics, community advocates, lived experiences, Board members, students, engaged citizens – this blog is intended as a community space.