Today is the start of #ChallengePovertyWeek which aims to draw attention to the injustice of poverty and showcase potential solutions.
It is estimated that 20% of people in Scotland are living in poverty (Scottish Government, 2019). Poverty has substantial and lasting impacts on people’s health, wellbeing, access to opportunities and ability to participate in society. Worryingly, 240,000 children in Scotland live in poverty, of which 65% are from working households (Scottish Government, 2019). We need to explore bold and innovative policies if we are to tackle poverty. Could a citizen’s basic income (CBI) be one of them?
An important starting point for exploring the feasibility of implementing a basic income in Scotland, is the level of public awareness and understanding. We explored this in Fife through a survey last year. Read More
Fife, North Ayrshire, City of Edinburgh and Glasgow City Councils submitted a joint application to the Citizen’s Basic Income Feasibility Fund on 29 March 2018.
MOVES to look at innovative ways of providing Scots with a basic income came a step closer today (Friday).
Basic income pilots are already running successfully in countries including Finland, Netherlands and Canada. Although there are many different models, the aim is to promote fairness and provide people with a basic income they can use whether they want to earn, learn, care, or set up a business. Read More
This week (Wednesday 13) Fife Council’s Policy and Co-ordination Committee focussed on poverty and inequality, and how the council plans to work with partners and communities to shape local services for a better, fairer Fife. Read More