In the context of a research on UBI that took place through an international, interdisciplinary, participatory study entitled ‘A Cross-cultural Working Group on “Good Culture” and Precariousness’, it was found that UBI can reduce work-related stress.
More specifically, the research “indicates that UBI may have a revolutionary effect on stress among those in and out of work, raising health and, potentially, productivity in the process.”, as “labourlist” mentions in a report.
“The need for such policy is pressing as we are facing a crisis of stress. Psychologically, in 2016/17 stress was found to be responsible for 40% of all work-related cases of, and 49% of all working days lost due to, ill-health.
Physiologically, in 2012, stress-related long-term health conditions affected a quarter of all people in England – some 15 million – through such conditions as heart disease, stroke, cancer, type 2 diabetes, arthritis and depression.
Caring for patients with long-term conditions accounted for 70% of NHS England’s spend, representing 50% of all GP appointments, 64% of outpatient appointments and 70% of all inpatient bed days.”, the report also mentions.
It seems like we now need a universal basic income more than ever before, if we want to keep our economy on growing and prevent mass poverty, as people are becoming more and more worthless compared to automation and robotic labor.