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TOPIC: Scotland is still considering how to implement a basic income pilot

Scotland is still considering how to implement a basic income pilot 31 Jan 2019 15:14 #13578

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Scotland is still considering how to implement a basic income pilot
A new report has suggested that there is no “one size fits all” approach to bringing in a basic income for Scots with further research to carry on until 2020
www.bigissue.com/latest/scotland-is-still-considering-how-to-implement-a-basic-income-pilot/
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Scotland is still considering how to implement a basic income pilot 11 Feb 2019 14:49 #14056

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Scotland is still considering how to implement a basic income pilot 11 Feb 2019 16:49 #14072

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Much as I appreciate the Scottish government trying to impliment such a pilot scheme, I can`t help wondering if it`s all blue sky thinking and won`t ever happen. They could make a start by choosing to use some powers to scrap Universal Credit sanctions north of the border. That would go `some` way to aiding claimants to KEEP their basic UC payment without worrying it will be sanctioned. So in a roundabout way, a basic income in terms of `we won`t ever sanction your UC whether you choose to find a job or not`. That for me would be a better idea. It would allow the system to carry on regardless and if a jobseeker never found a job, or even decided to live off the static amount payed through UC, they should be allowed to choose. Hey presto, a basic income paid without duress.
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Scotland is still considering how to implement a basic income pilot 11 Feb 2019 17:58 #14076

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Well said comply!

I don't think Scotland necessarily needs to wait on tests in other countries. Each country has its own uniquely different employment and economic structures based on a particular set of industries and public services. Why not lead the way and indeed, great idea, start by ditching sanctions and make sure the basic UC levels apply EVERY month. Not a quantum leap from there to full UBI if it works. What better way to embarrass the clots in Westminster and then we can maybe also get a better idea whether or not Scotland could cut it going independent - perhaps therein lies the real reason for hesitation. That the NHS in Scotland is involved is a very encouraging sign as nurses are one group of people who have been particularly hit by wage freezes some even ending up at foodbanks which is unacceptable for any of our public service staff imho. And also this gives hopefully the opportunity to look at it from a different perspective instead of it being focussed as per usual on how many people it can encourage to take up jobs (what jobs there are of course) and try it out on people already in work - basic income as well as their current salary - now doesn't that sound attractive - being a pilot I am sure that is affordable or they wouldn't be even thinking about risking it in the first place. Half the time with these proposed UBIs my gut just says they are looking on the negative side and expecting it to fail that is because their hearts are probably not in it and hence when you check the details they aren't really implimenting the real thing anyway.
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Scotland is still considering how to implement a basic income pilot 12 Feb 2019 10:32 #14085

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It just seems like a no brainer to me that they pay people this basic £73.10p a week anyway (as well as the housing element in UC) to `Live On` so why not just impliment the no sanctions rule in Scotland if they are trying to find a way for a UBI that lets face it, we would all love to see nationwide, but the time wasting NOW means more people will suffer at the hands of Westminster`s twisted sanction logic. I don`t know why our government are not concentrating on this NOW and trying to impliment it through Westminster within the next 12 months even as a `pilot` to test the theory? Set it in stone for ALL claimants in Scotland and then after 12 months, look at the stats and see what the outcome was. Did people not bother looking for work? How many people DID look for work and found work? How many people volunteered in their community? How many people engaged with their job centre when asked to? (meetings only that were not mandatory).

It`s not rocket science, is it. If enough officials took this on and got it implemented, I`m convinced it would make a huge difference to people`s lives generally and remove the stigma and stress from lives.
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