DEMOCRATS FOR SOCIAL CREDIT (DSC)
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.