Letter: Basic income for all

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The Independent Online
Sir: Your leading article 'Be a giver, and be thankful' (11 May) raises the relevance of the Basic, or Citizens' Income. The agonising dilemma of whether to give to a beggar who appears certain to spend it on more alcohol is removed if you know he has received sufficient to cover his basic needs - including accommodation - each week. Please do not confuse the need for donors to feel good with the wider issue of how to achieve real equity within society.

Yours faithfully,

CLIVE LORD

Batley, West Yorkshire

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