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There is a group in the UK called The Royal Society of Arts. The RSA has recommended that every person under 55 should get £10,000. It would be split into two £5000 payments over two years. It is because the way people work has been changing recently.

Everybody could get the money, even if they have a job. Some people are not happy about the idea and say that it is unfair and a waste of money. They say that only very poor people should get financial help from the government.

However, the RSA says that it would help people to focus their skills in areas where they can improve. If someone works a low paying job they could work less and start a business, go to school or develop other skills. They could only do it with the assistance.

Finland has been trying a similar idea. They started paying a group of people €560 every month. The people get the money even if they find a job. The trial is for two years and includes 2000 people.

The results of the test in Finland are being watched very closely. Many countries have been considering the idea of all citizens receiving money but this is the first real world test. Supporters are hoping that it could be the future for many people.

Difficult words

Recommend: Suggest something you think is good.

Split: Cut in half or into smaller pieces.

Recently: Not long ago.

Idea: A new thought or possibility.

Similar: Almost the same or alike.

Trial: A test to see if something works or not.

Activities

For listening practise, listen to the recorded article here:

British English: 

American English: 

Match the Synonym!

 1. Recommend  A. Break
 2. Split  B. Suggest
 3. Recently  C. Test
 4. Idea  D. Not long ago
 5. Trial  E. Thought

True or False?

1.  The RSA recommends that everyone over 55 should get £10,000. T / F

2. The payment should be split into 2 payments. T / F

3.  People think only very rich people should get the money. T / F

4. Finland has done a similar thing. T / F

5. No other countries are considering trying this. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. Every / person / £10,000 / 55 / get / should / under

2. two / payments / £5000 / split /  would / It / into  / be /

3. similar / been / a / idea / has / Finland / trying

4. two / trial / includes / 2000 / is / and / for / years / people / The

5. Supporters / future / many / are / hoping / be / the / people / could / for / it / that

Listening and Vocabulary

Listen to the article and fill in the words OR practice vocabulary and fill in the words.

British English: 

American English: 

 Unfair  Areas Financial
 Similar  Citizens Recommended

There is a group in the UK called The Royal Society of Arts. The RSA ______________that every person under 55 should get £10,000. It would be split into two £5000 payments over two years. It is because the way people work has been changing recently.

Everybody could get the money, even if they have a job. Some people are not happy about the idea and say that it is ________ and a waste of money. They say that only very poor people should get __________ help from the government.

However, the RSA says that it would help people to focus their skills in ________ where they can improve. If someone works a low paying job they could work less and start a business, go to school or develop other skills. They could only do it with the assistance.

Finland has been trying a ________ idea. They started paying a group of people €560 every month. The people get the money even if they find a job. The trial is for two years and includes 2000 people.

The results of the test in Finland are being watched very closely. Many countries have been considering the idea of all __________ receiving money but this is the first real world test. Supporters are hoping that it could be the future for many people.

Conversation Questions

Take turns speaking with a partner or try to answer on your own:

1. Did you find this article interesting? Why or why not?
2. Did you learn anything new from this article? If so, what?
3. What do you think of the idea for a Universal Basic Income?
4. Would a Universal Basic Income work in your country?
5. What do you think is a good alternative to a Universal Basic Income?
6. What can be done to increase wages for workers?
7. Is there a problem with the rising cost of living in your country?
8. What is the minimum wage in your country?
9. How much does it cost for the basic necessities in your country?
10. Do you think the trial in Finland will be a success?
11. Do you agree that a Universal Basic Income would make people not want to work?
12. What would you do if you received a UBI that covered your basic expenses?
13. Should non-citizens also receive a UBI if a country offered it?
14. How big of a threat is AI to jobs?
15. What types of jobs do you think will be created in the near future?
16. Is the “gig economy” good or bad for workers?
17. What do you think about working for Uber?
18. Is the “gig economy” popular in your country?
19. Why are traditional jobs less attractive to young people?
20. If you could do anything as a job and not have to worry about the money, what would you do?