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The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the value of simply giving cash to those in need.

What’s happening: The charity GiveDirectly announced recently it had successfully delivered $1,000 cash payments to 100,000 American families since the start of the pandemic, as part of the largest direct giving response to COVID-19.

As automation accelerates during the pandemic, many of the jobs lost might never return, strengthening the case for ongoing cash payments and potentially a UBI.

Direct cash payments “are typically one of the cheapest ways to provide help,” says Managing Director Joe Huston.

GiveDirectly is continuing to expand its $1,000 cash payment program in the U.S., with the goal of reaching another 96,000 families.

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