Taskforce in Ireland recommends basic income scheme for artists

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A universal income scheme for artists has been recommended by the Arts and Culture Recovery Taskforce, which published its report today.

The taskforce was set up in September to prepare recommendations on how the arts and culture sector can adapt and recover from the unprecedented damage arising from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Among its recommendations are a pilot universal basic income scheme for a three-year period in the arts, culture, audiovisual and live performance and events sectors.

The pilot could involve a payment at the rate of the national minimum wage, and would be in lieu of an alternative primary social welfare payment.

Other income could then be earned and taxed separately.

Other recommendations include education and training supports, mental health supports and social protection and copyright measures.

The report has been welcomed by Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht Catherine Martin.

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