There has been much talk and discussion across the Scottish Third Sector recently about universal basic income: where a flat rate of income is paid to every citizen and any income earned above these payments is then taxed with a single rate or progressively. This type of scheme is currently being trialled in The Netherlands and Finland are due to launch one next year. Anti-poverty campaigners and the Citizen’s Basic Income Network Scotland are keen to carryout a trial scheme in Scotland. A lot of the work carried out by social enterprises centres on the alleviation of poverty and the effects of poverty; do you think this would be a useful approach to tackling the growing economic and social inequalities Scotland and indeed the UK is facing?
For more information about universal basic income please visit the Citizen’s Basic Income Network Scotland’s website.
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