Basic Income, under various monikers, has attracted a growing level of global attention in recent years. At times referred to as Universal Basic Income or Citizen’s Basic Income, it represents an innovative approach to many pressing issues in contemporary society. In September 2017, the Scottish Government committed £250,000 to allow four local authorities to explore the feasibility of Basic Income pilots. In theory, a Basic Income would replace many current benefits and tax allowances with an unconditional, non-withdrawable payment to each citizen. This foundational income would not be means tested, allowing all to rely on a stable, partial income.
The Housing and Ageing programme brings together academics, policy makers, service users and organisations delivering policy objectives in practice to exchange knowledge and design best practice.
Working together with Housing LIN, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) and Age Scotland, the programme events focus on linking the strategic policy priorities of Housing and Ageing together with practice and service user experience. The first of three working group events took place on 1 May 2018 in Stirling, demonstrating innovative approaches (including a serious game) and generating lively discussion; in the room and on social media. The latter can be found below.
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The seminar series entitled ‘An international and intersectional dialogue on how to reduce harm and promote wellbeing amongst people who have housing, health and substance use challenges’ started on the 27th of November in the Scottish Universities Insight Institute premises in Glasgow. For any member of an organising committee, there is always a certain degree of nervousness on the first day of an event. However, this was one occasion where the atmosphere was relaxed and conducive to interesting conversations from the very beginning.
In the fourth of our introductions to the new programmes, Dr Tessa Parkes, Dr Hannah Carver, and Dr Fiona Cuthill provide a bit more detail on their new programme.