In September 2017, the Scottish Government announced in its Programme for Government that it would support local authority areas to explore a Citizen’s Basic Income (CBI) Scheme by establishing a fund to help areas to develop their proposals further and establish suitable testing. The fund of £250,000 was received by four local authorities – Fife Council, City of Edinburgh Council, Glasgow City Council and North Ayrshire Council – who have been working together to research and explore the feasibility of local pilots of CBI in Scotland. This funding complemented resources already committed by local authorities.
There is a sense in many developed countries around the world that our social security systems – complex, under pressure, and subject to widespread public suspicion – are no longer fit for purpose. The Scottish Citizen’s Basic Income Steering Group were commissioned by Carnegie UK Trust to produce an international learning report drawing on insights from around the globe to explore the practicalities that we will need to consider in Scotland in designing a basic income pilot. Learn more about the Scottish Citizen’s Basic Income Feasibility Study here.
Today marks the start of Challenge Poverty Week 2018 (1st – 8th October). Co-ordinated by the Poverty Alliance, #ChallengePoverty week is a chance to talk about how we can solve poverty by building on the values of compassion and justice.
The Cross Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Basic Income had its first official meeting of the group on Wednesday 20th June in the Scottish Parliament.
A SUCCESSFUL joint bid to the Scottish Government for £250,000 will help fund the work to design local pilots of basic income in four councils across Scotland. Read More
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
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.