Imagine if you received an income that wasn’t coming from an employer. Every citizen gets one, and it is not withdrawn if your circumstances change. You get a payment your entire life, from the day you are born. The money is for you to spend as you choose. This is a Basic Income: a guaranteed income for every citizen, that is enough to live on.

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.


We are a volunteer led, educational charity advocating for a Basic Income in Scotland. We support a network of Basic Income advocates – providing training and a platform for discussion. We lend our expertise to government and share the stories of people who would benefit from a Basic Income.

Now is the time to join the discussion and shape the future of Basic Income in Scotland. We provide events, training and support so people like you can speak with confidence about Basic Income in your community.

If you would like to find out more or get involved please get in touch via team@cbin.scot.




Re-Imagining Resilience

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Jennie Knights makes the case for thinking differently about resilience and considers how a basic income could transform how we respond to life’s challenges. Jennifer Knights, Postgraduate Researcher and Health Service Manager Twitter: @JennieK1984  Workforce pressures. Efficiencies. Prioritising services. Ten years on from the 2008 global financial crisis and for those of us who work…
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How could a Basic Income support a Circular Economy?

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Next week, on Wednesday 31 July, we're hosting an Edinburgh meet-up looking at how a Basic Income could support a Circular Economy. Our speaker is Teja Hudson, a zero waste consultant and founder of Zero, a social enterprise that aims to prevent waste and improve sustainability in Scottish workplaces. In this blog Teja shares some…
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The RSA’s report “A Basic Income for Scotland” – What you need to know

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The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) recently conducted research in Fife, to come up with an effective model for a Basic Income experiment – a possibility already being explored by Fife Council. The outcomes of the research, carried out in close collaboration with Fife residents, were used to produce…
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Scott Santens – ‘Mr. Basic Income’

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CBINS volunteer Andrew Moran shares his thoughts on finding out about - and becoming an advocate of - Basic Income, and how the work of blogger and writer Scott Santens has played a major part in this process for him. Andrew Moran, CBINS Volunteer Twitter: @andrewjmoran67 Here in Scotland, as we are moving towards the…
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Inside the DWP – Debt and UCD372

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A current employee of the Department of Work and Pensions approached us wanting to share insight into the distressing treatment of people currently dependent on the benefits system. They stressed the need for a dramatic change in our welfare system and advocated for a move to a basic income. Anonymous Employee of the Department of…
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