Universal Income in Scotland By James Reed

     Scotland had begun an experiment with a universal income scheme; here are the details:
  https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/universal-basic-income-scotland-week-cash-payment-life-nicola-sturgeon-first-minister-snp-a7934131.html

“Scotland may adopt a universal basic income scheme that would guarantee a cash payment of up to £150 a week to its citizens for the rest of their lives, Nicola Sturgeon has said. The First Minister said she would fund research into the proposal that would “inform parliament’s thinking for the future”. The system has been championed as a method to do away with the UK’s welfare system, but critics complain that it is complicated and pointed out that many of the handouts overlap. It would see benefits payments such as the dole and housing all rolled into one lump sum. It would not be means-tested and would be given out whether the recipient has a job or not. Advocates say it frees up State workers from assessing individual cases for benefits - such as housing payments and the dole - and that it also eliminates poverty. But critics complain it pushes social policy “in the wrong direction” and the payments encourage people to work less and therefore contribute less in taxes to fund the scheme.”

     The above is the standard establishment objection to the universal income schemes, but it is superficial. Social credit would see the “solution” as a mere temporary band aid, that does not deal with fundamental issues requiring financial reform. Alor.org’s social credit experts have discussed this issue:
  https://www.socred.org/s-c-action/social-credit-views/social-credit-vs-a-basic-income/a-national-dividend-vs-a-basic-income-similarities-and-differences
  https://www.socred.org/s-c-action/social-credit-views/social-credit-vs-a-basic-income/the-big-difference-between-a-basic-income-and-the-national-dividend

 

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