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Raising awareness of the benefits and feasibility of a Citizen's Basic Income in Scotland
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You might have heard that Basic Income Network Scotland, along with partners at the University of Strathclyde, are a host organisation for the Basic Income Earth Network Congress, taking place in August this year. (If you haven’t, where have you been?!) To help you make your mind up about filling in that registration form, we ... Read moreAre you thinking about attending the BIEN Congress?The...
Join the volunteer team that will have a pivotal role in organising the Basic Income Earth Network World Congress in Glasgow. Return your completed registration of interest form to Luke by the deadline Friday 16th July via email luke.brotherdale.smith@cbin.scot We’re looking for paid volunteers to support and shape the delivery of this year’s Basic Income Earth ... Read moreVolunteer at the...
A newly launched project is seeking to examine the role Basic Income (BI) could play in improving recipients’ mental wellbeing. Peace of Mind: Exploring Universal Basic Income’s Potential to Improve Mental Health is being led by Basic Income Network Scotland chair Mike Danson and the University of Strathclyde’s Matt Smith. Funded by the Scottish Universities ... Read moreScotland-based...
In the final (for now) instalment of our series of blogs covering the basics of a Basic Income, Basic Income Network Scotland volunteer Luke Brotherdale Smith looks at why a Basic Income is paid to individuals not households. You can find the rest of the series here. A Basic Income is paid to all individuals, ... Read moreWhy is a Basic Income paid on an individual basis?The post Why is a Basic...
In September 2020, the board of Citizen’s Basic Income Network Scotland formally decided to change the organisation’s name to Basic Income Network Scotland.  Why have we decided to change our name? Besides being a bit of a mouthful, “Citizen’s Basic Income” has also fallen out of fashion recently. While relatively common only five years ago, ... Read moreWe have changed our name to...
Following on from last week’s blog about why a Basic Income has no behavioural requirements, Basic Income Network Scotland board member Conor Hunter explains why a Basic Income is unconditional. You can read the rest of the series, on FAQs about the key principles of a Basic Income, here.  Basic Income should be Unconditional. What ... Read moreWhy is a Basic Income unconditional?The post...
This week, we’re continuing our series of blogs covering common questions about Basic Income and its key principles. Basic Income Network Scotland volunteer Jack Perry looks at why, unlike our current benefits system, a Basic Income doesn’t require people to behave in any specific way in order to receive their payments.  You can read the ... Read moreWhy does Basic Income have no...
CONVERSATIONS about Basic Income have been springing up across Scotland in recent months following the publication of the feasibility study in June. These debates are vital if Scotland is to progress with a Basic Income pilot, and to support these conversations, we felt it important to go back to basics and unpack what Basic Income ... Read moreWhy are Basic Income payments uniform?The post Why...
In the third instalment of our series of blogs covering Basic Income FAQs and core principles, Cleo Goodman, one of the founders of Basic Income Conversation, answers questions about why a Basic Income is paid regularly and not as a one-off payment. You can read the first two in the series – about Basic Income ... Read moreWhy is a Basic Income paid periodically?The post Why is a Basic Income...
The second instalment of our series of blogs covering Basic Income FAQs and core principles, Basic Income Network Scotland trustee, Gordon Dickson, answers questions about why a Basic Income is paid to everyone. You can read the first one, about Basic Income and cash payments here, with more to come on other topics over the ... Read moreWhy is a Basic Income universal?The post Why is a Basic...
The last few months have seen significant momentum grow behind the Basic Income movement. Distinguished voices have demanded people are given the right to a minimum income, with politicians from across the globe and  religious figures such as Pope Francis joining in a call for Basic Income. Scotland has emerged as a leading figure in ... Read moreWhy is a Basic Income paid in cash?The post Why...
A NEW briefing paper by Basic Income Conversation has drawn attention to the many barriers that stand in the way of Scotland moving forward with a basic income pilot. The paper – authored by the group’s co-founder Cleo Goodman – analysed the findings of June’s feasibility study, evaluating the obstacles to be overcome to realise ... Read more‘Still work to be done’: Overcoming the...
The Food Ethics Council is the latest group to advocate a Basic Income, with their Executive Director Dan Crossley stating “Our food system needs a booster seat rather than the current safety net which has too many holes […] now is the time for radical policy interventions like UBI.”The post Food Ethics Council joins call for a Basic Income appeared first on Citizen's Basic Income...
Today Scotland’s world leading Basic Income feasibility study research has been published. This work was led by four local authorities, Glasgow Edinburgh, North Ayrshire and Fife and funded by Scottish Government. You can find the final report here, we will be sharing more information and analysis over the coming weeks.  Citizen’s Basic Income Network Scotland ... Read moreOur Statement:...
This week represents an incredibly exciting moment for the Basic Income movement as the draft final report on the feasibility of a Basic Income is released on Thursday, before being submitted to the Scottish Government later in the month. This article gives an overview to what the report is all about and hints at what ... Read moreA huge week for Basic IncomeThe post A huge week for Basic Income...
As the UK government demands its people stay alert and Rishi Sunak extends the furlough scheme, what exactly do these policy shifts mean? Luke analyses the flaws within the furlough scheme and how for many it provides increasingly little support. He asserts it is ultimately the poorest workers who are receiving a more than subtle ... Read moreStay Alert? What do the UK government’s changes...
  Luke explores the transformation of ‘unskilled’ workers to key workers and how its time we gave them the respect, security and power they deserve. He writes that for too long these workers have provided the foundation for our way of life whilst their wealthy employers attract the praise and profits. But now is the ... Read moreUnskilled workers to Key workers. The...
Yesterday we published our response to the measures the government announced to support self-employed workers during the Covid-19 crisis. But more than simply giving our analysis of the situation, we wanted to reach out and hear from self-employed workers about their experiences, and give a voice and platform to a group often marginalised and forgotten. ... Read moreWe’re out of money and...
Chancellor Sunak yesterday missed the opportunity to provide genuine security and support for self-employed workers across the UK. After leaving them in limbo for days, we welcome the chancellor’s attempts to find a solution to the anxiety faced by millions. However, creating more conditionality, complexity, and a waiting period until June, does nothing other than ... Read moreS.O.S: Save...
  The country and continent are facing unprecedented times with never a greater need for societies to be pulling together to protect and preserve lives, wellbeing and values. Alongside the 2.8 million Scots on pensions and social security benefits, almost 1 in 4 of the workforce are self- employed, entrepreneurs or other members of the ... Read moreA letter from Citizen’s Basic Income...
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