Germany’s First UBI Experiment Will Start May 2019

Germany’s First UBI Experiment Will Start May 2019

Germany is about to test Universal Basic Income (UBI) in experiment that will start in 2019.

Germany’s upcoming experiment will be similar to Finland’s one, meaning that there will be an unconditional cash transfer to 250 randomly selected people.

Labor market behavior, health and social relations will be evaluated in order to detect the impact that UBI will have on those aspects of someone’s life.

The Sanktionsfrei organization is the non-profit organization that is behind Germany’s 2019 UBI experiment, the organization has its headquarters in Berlin.

The UBI pilot is named HartzPlus, and it’ll be conducted as a scientific experiment led by professor Rainer Wieland from the Bergische Universität Wuppertal.

The Sanktionsfrei team and professor Wieland are about to test a different approach to social security than the one applied in Germany at the moment (Hartz IV system), which has been reported as intrusive, bureaucratic and aggressive (sanctions).

UBI supporters are full of excitement, hoping that they will not terminate the experiment like Finland did, without any reasoning and argument.

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  1. How Long will These Experiments go? Who is chooesen for this? So it is not conditions free. Conditiuons free is it if everybody has right to get it. Away with all the conditions to get it. There were aleredy Experiments which prove all, that nobody will stop his work. Nobody is lazy from beginning of his life.

    1. I agree, I’m tired of people telling me that UBI sounds like socialism etc. NO, UBI is more Capitalist than Capitalism itself because it gives you a basic consuming power to get started in whatever you like to do.

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  3. 500 Menschen erhalten das UBI ab Februar 2019. Man konnte sich dafür bewerben, mit der Voraussetzung: bereits Hartz4/ALG2 erhalten, oder in Kürze davon betroffen ist. Von den 500 erhalten 250 das UBI indem alle Sanktionen ausgeglichen werden. Die Kontroll-Gruppe ist weiterhin dem Sanktionssystem ausgesetzt, man möchte dabei positive Effekte des UBI untersuchen, welches Menschen frei macht von Zwang, Bevormundung durch Bürokratie und Angst vor Totalabstieg bis hin zur Obdachlosigkeit.
    Hartz4 ohne Sanktionen ist bereits ein UBI und es braucht nur den Mut der Regierung, alle Sanktionen abzuschaffen. Nur wenn Menschen sich frei entfalten können, kann jeder seine besonderen Begabungen, welche in jeden Menschen stecken entdecken und fördern. Dadurch werden 10 mal mehr in Wissenschaft/Forschung tätig und dies verdanken wir unseren heutigen Wohlstand. Dieser ist sehr ungleich verteilt = das BGE der Schlüssel zur gerechten Verteilung.
    Finanziert wird UBI-Hartz plus durch viele Freiwillige, welche Sanktionsfrei durch monatlich 6 Euro unterstützen. Mach mit und helfe UBI in Deutschland und global umzusetzen = bin selber ein Hartzbrecher mit 6 Euro im Monat, es kann sich jeder leisten. UBI jetzt!

  4. The media coverage of the project is misleading. Sanction-free is an intelligent way of levering Hartz IV, the social benefits paid by the state, out of the requirements and conditions. If someone does not fulfil the conditions and demands of the employment agency which pays the social benefit, then the recipient will be punished by reducing his or her social benefits. These are sanctions. They can cause homelessness, starvation, in any case fear, stress and massive pressure. Sanction-free says: if you are sanctioned, then we give you the amount of money that was deducted by the authority from the social benefit. The recipients of money due to the Hartz IV legislation therefore no longer have to be so afraid when they are sanctioned. The projekt “Sanctionsfree” thus guarantees the 250 participants in the project that they will receive an amount equal to the amount by which their social benefits are reduced by sanctions, if they are sanctioned by any reason, and that they will receive this amount unconditionally as long as the sanctio lasts. The project crosses the disciplinary measures of the official social services. It is thus on the verge of legality. It’s a bold and risky private initiative. It cannot be compared to the basic income pilot project in Finland. In Finland, the project was carried out by the government and the relevant ministries. The 2000 unemployed who took part in the project were paid an unconditional basic income of 560 euros over two years instead of the basic unemployment benefit of 560 euros. They kept these 560 Euros, even if they took a job and earned money themselves. The project “Sanktionsfrei” does not pay a basic income. Only in the special case that the social benefits of a participant in the project are reduced in order to punish him, in order to sanction him, to threaten him, to force him to do what is demanded, “sanction-free” pays the amount by which the social benefit is reduced. The effect is that recipients of Hartz VI benefits no longer have to be afraid of sanctions. The effect is that with this sanction-free measure, the existing social benefits become unconditional because because the financial impact of the sanction is absorbed. The impact on the participants will be evaluated in comparison with a control group. Helena Steinhaus is managing director of the NGO and NPO “Sanktionsfrei”. This private organisation is located in the same building in Berlin as the “My Basic Income” (Mein Grundeinkommen) project, which has has already raffled off 316 basic incomes since 2014, each 1000 Euro monthly for one year. Sanction-free does not pay an unconditional basic income, but neutralizes the sanctions. Only in the case of a sanction does Sanction-Free pay the amount by which a person’s social benefit has been reduced by the authority.

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