If you had a blank sheet of paper and were asked to design a welfare system nobody, but nobody, would come up with the system that we have now.
A universal basic income is an idea which has been considered in various forms for over two hundred years. Luminaries such as Abraham Lincoln and Dr Martin Luther King have supported the concept as a way of helping alleviate poverty and providing society with a safety net.
Finland has become the first country in Europe to pay its unemployed citizens an unconditional monthly sum. Other countries such as Canada, USA and the Netherlands are piloting schemes. I think it is vital that we assess its suitability for Scotland.
Citizen’s Basic Income Network Scotland have an event coming up on January 28th about the Fife basic income pilot, if you’d like to know more please sign up at – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/basic-income-real-social-security-tickets-30078624977