North Ayrshire Council Leader Joe Cullinane is set to go live on social media later today to tackle residents’ questions on the Basic Income concept.

North Ayrshire Council is one of four Scottish local authorities, along with Fife, City of Edinburgh and Glasgow City Councils, exploring the feasibility of introducing a Basic Income pilot into the area.

Basic Income aims to provide every citizen with a regular, unconditional payment, regardless of other forms of income.  It aims to promote equality and provide people with a basic income they can use whether they want to earn, learn, care, or set up a business.

To allow residents to understand more about the work going on around Basic Income and what it could mean for them, the Council Leader will be hosting his second ‘Ask the Leader Live’ themed on the topic.

Residents can tune into the live feed to watch or put forward questions from 7pm on Wednesday 19 June, either by logging onto Facebook and visiting the Customer Services, North Ayrshire Council page, or by watching on Twitter via the @NAC_Leader account.

Questions can also be submitted in advance by emailing them to:

The first ‘Ask the Leader Live’ session took place in May when Councillor Cullinane answered questions relating to the Council’s new draft Council Plan.  The video reached over 1,500 views.

Council Leader Joe Cullinane said: “Given the first session went down so well, there is a clear appetite for this type of engagement.

“I am therefore delighted to be hosting another live session, providing residents with an opportunity to come and have a chat with me around Basic Income in a more relaxed and informal setting.

“These sessions form part of our approach to open up our Council more to our communities and residents and have real, honest and productive discussions.”