Combining a guaranteed income and active social policies in deprived areas of Barcelona.
Barcelona has been announced as one of 18 winning cities of the European-wide Urban Innovative Action (UIA) project, an Initiative of the European Commission that provides urban areas throughout Europe with resources to test new solutions to challenges. The project, B-MINCOME (Combining guaranteed minimum income and active social policies in deprived urban areas of Barcelona) will receive €4.85 million over the next 3 years to develop a pilot programme on Universal Basic Income.
The project will test and analyse how effective forms of universal economic support, combined with access to services such as housing, education, work and community participation can reduce poverty.
The project will also investigate the most efficient ways of combatting urban poverty, including improving the coordination and efficacy of the various services which operate in the same geographical areas, and increasing the participation of people in community life.
To develop the project, Barcelona City Council has established an alliance of 4 specialist organisations – the Young Foundation, IGOP [Institute of Government and Public Policy at the Autonomous University of Barcelona], UPC [Polytechnic University of Catalonia], and the Centre for Social Innovation at the IESE Business School.
The Young Foundation will design, conduct and evaluate an Ethnographic research process to gain understanding about the impact of poverty in the city, offering participants the opportunity to tell their own stories about their life journeys and the strategies they have developed for dealing with poverty.