The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted how many people have fallen through the gaps of the current UK social security system. The Scottish Government commissioned a report on the feasibility of running a pilot scheme for a Citizens’ Basic Income in Scotland – at a time when such a scheme is needed more than ever. But the power to implement even a pilot for CBI rests with the UK government.
“I really wish we had the totality of powers in this parliament where we could move ahead with something like this right now.” – Nicola Sturgeon
Read the report here: Assessing the Feasibility of Citizens’ Basic Income Pilots in Scotland.
Read the RSA research here: A Basic Income for Scotland.
Read Common Weal’s paper here: Social Security for All of Us – An Independent Scotland as a Modern Welfare State.