Fri 27 Oct, 2017

Austerity is not working. Instead of punitive measures aimed at those in poverty we need to invest in the people of Scotland and work collectively to address the high levels of poverty and inequality that continue to plague our city. Cllr Allan Young

Glasgow Greens are set to look for cross party support for a Universal Basic Income pilot to take place in Glasgow. The Greens will look for future talks on the landmark policy at next week’s full council meeting.

Universal Basic Income would seek to give a guaranteed, non means tested income sufficient to cover basic needs to every citizen and would be thought to simplify the complex benefits system while maintaining additional support where necessary.

The long standing Green policy has gained a great deal of attention in recent weeks, following trials in Finland, the Netherlands and Canada. Nicola Sturgeon recently announced that the Scottish Government would work with local authorities to fund research into the groundbreaking proposal.

Recent trials in Finland have shown that the scheme can reduce stress levels and improve the mental health of recipients.

Green councillor for Govan, Allan Young who will propose the motion said:

“We urgently need fresh thinking and new ideas to tackle the social and economic disadvantage which many face in our city. Although it will require significant debate and discussion, any moves towards a UBI would be very welcome.

“A Universal Basic Income would provide a solid foundation for individuals, families and communities to shape a better life for themselves.

“It could provide stability and control to many people who currently feel powerless and can help to address the inequalities faced by women and those with caring responsibilities.”

The Conservatives have recently outlined plans to sanction jobseekers who refused zero hours contracts.  Responding to this, the spokesperson for workplaces added:

“By providing a stable income we would also allow workers a solid base from which to challenge poor pay and conditions and the worrying trend of zero hours work.

“Austerity is not working. Instead of punitive measures aimed at those in poverty we need to invest in the people of Scotland and work collectively to address the high levels of poverty and inequality that continue to plague our city.”

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