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Democrats Ric­car­ton/Wi­gram can­di­date John Ring said his party would set a uni­ver­sal ba­sic in­come that peo­ple could live on.

‘‘This would be paid to ev­ery­one, in­clud­ing chil­dren, ex­cept that the amount go­ing to chil­dren would be at a lower level than adults and would be paid to who­ever was look­ing after the chil­dren,’’ he said.

There would be cases where peo­ple needed more be­cause of dis­abil­i­ties for which there would be an ad­di­tional pay­ment.

In­ter­na­tional re­search showed that when peo­ple were paid for each child they were look­ing after, they tended to look after the chil­dren bet­ter, which, over time, would re­sult in fewer so­cial prob­lems, Ring said.

Port Hills can­di­date Gary Gribben ad­vo­cates the 15 per cent GST be re­placed by a Fi­nan­cial Trans­ac­tion Tax of less than 1 per cent, the equiv­a­lent of a 14 per cent wage rise.

Gribben also said to pull fam­i­lies out of poverty and give more eco­nomic freedom to ev­ery­one, DSC would in­tro­duce a uni­ver­sal ci­ti­zens wage.

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