Economic adviser backs Scottish Government’s basic income plans

An economic adviser to the Scottish Government has backed plans for a citizen’s basic income, saying it will “transform life” in deprived parts of Scotland.

The Government is working with four councils to fund research into the feasibility of the scheme which provides a flat rate payment to all adult citizens. Harry Burns, a member of the Scottish Government’s council of economic advisers and a former chief medical officer, said the payments would boost educational achievement, cut unemployment and reduce crime.

Writing in the Sunday Herald, he said: “The Scottish Government’s programme for 2017-18 indicates a wish to explore the impact of a citizen’s basic income scheme in Scotland. “The papers describe such a scheme as ‘untested’. “In fact, it has been tested and it works.

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