Citizen’s Basic Income Network Scotland is a new organisation set up to raise awareness of the benefits that a Basic Income would bring to Scotland.
A Basic Income (or Citizen’s Income) would represent a major step forward for equality, fairness, and a human right to be free from poverty. It would replace a lot of the current benefits and personal tax allowances system with an unconditional, non-withdrawable payment to each Scottish ‘citizen’ (however that is defined, but including children and adults of all ages). In other words, you and everyone you know who lives in Scotland would receive the same minimum payment from the government each month regardless of your circumstances. This would replace much of the current benefits system, which is expensive to administer, overcomplicated, and unfair.
There are already elements of a basic income system in place in the form of personal tax allowances, child benefit, and pensions. We can build on this platform to extend the financial security they try to provide to every citizen.
There are many reasons you might find a basic income desirable, we have listed a few below for you to explore. Talk to us about basic income on Twitter, and if you’d like to hear from us regularly or become a volunteer advocate please sign up for our mailing list.
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So, why do you want a basic income?