Two councils – Fife and Glasgow- are investigating idea of offering everyone a fixed income regardless of earnings.
Scotland looks set to be the first part of the UK to pilot a basic income for every citizen – as councils in Fife and Glasgow investigate trial schemes in 2017.
The councillor Matt Kerr has been championing the idea through the ornate halls of Glasgow City Chambers and is frank about the challenges it poses.
‘Like a lot of people I was interested in the idea but never completely convinced’ he said.
But working as Labour’s anti-poverty lead on the council Kerr says that he ‘kept coming back to the basic income’.
The concept of a universal basic income revolves around the idea of offering every individual regardless of existing welfare benefits or earned income – a non-conditional flat-rate payment with any income earned above that taxed progressively.
The intention is to provide a basic economic platform on which people can build their lives – whether they choose to earn – learn – care or set up a business.