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.

Report calls for UBI to be piloted in Scotland



“Let’s look at the people who are particularly disadvantaged by those dual problems of essential travel and low pay to see if ideas like free public transport or a universal basic income or, simply, a pay scale commensurate to their societal value can make that more sustainable.”

Off Road and Off The Rails


“Basic income could help the recovery out of this crisis; it could help soften the blow of a crisis in the future. It could be that the sceptics are right after all. But at the very least, now is the time that we all need to take basic income seriously.”

Jack Perry: Now is the time to take basic income seriously


A flurry of forecasts of economic doom arrived yesterday, though there’s good reason to think they were over-optimistic in their doom-mongering. The IMF have predicted a 3 per cent slump for the year globally, presuming the world can get out of lockdown by summer without a second spike. In the UK, the Office for Budget […]

Forward to the hibernation economy


“The idea of a guaranteed income has gone from the cranky flagship proposal of eccentric Democratic candidate Andrew Yang to a concrete proposal in an editorial of the Financial Times, the paper of the global banking elite, in a matter of months.”

UBI: An idea whose time has come?