Delighted to meet this afternoon with the members of the Buchanan Institute. They attended a recent Fife hosted event on Universal Basic Income, and have done considerable research into this subject.
There is a lot of debate about reform of welfare, and one of the concepts that is being looked at is Universal Basic Income. Not just here in Fife, but in various parts of the world countries are looking at how we address the changing needs and demands of society, the changing nature of work, and the changes that are ahead in terms of wider automation and globalisation.
This is a good debate to have now. Our welfare system is out of date and in need of reform – but in a way that still meets the principles of why it was set up in the first place. Raising awareness and discussion about this means that we can explore the ideas and test out new ones – we can see what others are doing and learn from that. But reform is required and getting that conversation underway is the first thing.
The Buchanan Institute is keen to work with us in Fife on our potential pilot, which came out of the Fairer Fife Report – and other organisations are also showing a strong interest in the concept and how it might work. There is, of course, a great deal of work to be done before we get to that stage, so that’s why we’re trying to get more people engaged and talking about it.
If you want to find out more…..http://basicincome.org/news/2017/01/uk-scotland-student-led-think-tank-launches-new-report-basic-income/