As part of the budget-setting process in March 2017, North Ayrshire
Council agreed funding of £200,000 for a Basic Income Pilot which would
look at the feasibility and potential benefits of implementing a basic
income in North Ayrshire.
High levels of inequality and poverty exist in
North Ayrshire. Unemployment levels in North Ayrshire are high, there are
significant numbers of people on low income and almost a third of children
live in poverty. This Pilot is part of a wider package of support relating
to the Community Planning Partnership’s Fair for All Strategy which aims to
reduce inequalities in North Ayrshire.
In August 2017, North Ayrshire’s Cabinet asked officers to develop a
feasibility study for a Basic Income pilot. The intention is to do this
alongside the other three authority areas, supported by the Scottish
Government and others. Future funding and progression to an implementation
phase would be considered as part of the design stage and will be the
subject of a future report to Cabinet.