Report outlines the case for a basic income pilot

Section: Health and Social Care IntegrationPolicy into PracticeType: News Item Date Published: 29th January 2019

Scottish Basic Income Steering Group set out key questions to be addressed to pave the way for a successful basic income pilot in Scotland.

Basic income is the concept of regular, unconditional payments made to all citizens, regardless of whether they are employed or seeking work. This is a regular, unconditional, universal payment which is paid on an individual basis. The ALLIANCE’s Health and Social Care Academy project published an insight paper on Citizen’s Basic Income in May 2017.

In May 2018, the Scottish Government confirmed they would provide £250,000 over two years to support four local authorities to undertake a feasibility study on a CBI pilot scheme in Scotland. A full business case will be set out by March 2020.

The new report, Exploring the practicalities of a basic income pilot (this link will take you away from our website), highlights learning from basic income pilots underway or in planning in Finland, Ontario and the Netherlands, compiled from discussions with representatives at the Basic Income Earth Network 2018 World Congress. It sets out a series of ideas about how a successful basic income pilot might be carried out in Scotland.

The report (this link will take you away from our website) highlights a number of considerations for design of the pilots which focus on:

  • A transparent decision making process
  • Consideration of the significant impacts and health outcomes of the unconditional nature of the pilot
  • Prioritising evaluation
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