Citizen's Income


About the Inquiry

The Committee investigated the feasibility of introducing a citizen's income in Scotland.  It looked at a number of issues such as what level of basic income is sufficient, how it could be funded and whether it could work in Scotland based on the current devolved powers.


The Committee held an oral evidence session on 9 March 2017. 


The Committee took evidence on 9 March from:  

  • Professor Donald Hirsch, Director, Centre for Research in Social Policy, Loughborough University;
  • Siobhan Mathers, Reform Scotland Advisory Board member;
  • Annie Miller, Chair, Citizen’s Income Trust and Trustee of Citizen’s Basic Income Network in Scotland;
  • Howard Reed, Director, Landman Economics;
  • Anthony Painter, Director of the Action and Research Centre, RSA.

The Committee agreed to keep a watching brief on developments on the Scottish citizen's income pilots, and to ask the local authorities involved with the pilots what assistance and support they might require from the Scottish and UK Governments.

Read the meeting papers and Official Report


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