Question S5O-00149: Universal Basic Income

29 Sep 2016

To ask Scottish Government what consideration it has given to the feasibility of a universal basic income.

Answered by Jeane Freeman (15/09/2016):Tackling poverty and inequality is a top priority for this Government, and we give serious consideration to all ideas that could help us to do so. The Universal Basic Income is an interesting concept and we will certainly pay attention to research being carried out and the different models of UBI being piloted in other countries. We also recognise that there would be significant challenges with piloting a Universal Basic Income in the devolved context, whilst we do not have full control of tax and social security.


Current Status: Answered by Jeane Freeman on 15/09/2016