Ben Simmons: Why a Basic Income could be the answer to the big pension problem
CommonSpace columnist Ben Simmons makes the case for a radical redesign of the welfare system and how we view it
AT THE recent Scottish Independence Convention conference, Jim Stamper of Pensioners for Yes gave an excellent account of the challenges facing the independence movement when it comes persuading pensioners to vote for change.
Think-tank research chief hits back at Tory attack on a Scottish Basic Income
Dr Craig Dalzell says the Tories’ argument relies on basic income replacing housing benefit
A CHIEF RESEARCHER at a Scottish think-tank has hit back at claims a Scottish Universal Basic Income could cost £12.3bn a year.
Following a war of words between Scottish Tory MSP and Shadow Security Secretary Adam Tompkins and Social Security Secretary Angela Constance, Dr Craig Dalzell, head of research at Common Weal, warned that criticisms about the cost a Basic Income in Scotland may be based on invalid calculations.
Calls for universal basic income renewed ahead of event today
Patrick Harvie will speak at basic income event this afternoon
A SOLD out event considering a universal basic income for Scotland is being held in Glasgow today (29 Aug), with speakers including Patrick Harvie MSP and Labour Councillor Matt Kerr.
The event is being hosted by Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector and RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) Scotland at the Albany Learning and Conference Centre in Glasgow.
Ben Wray: Do we believe in freedom as a universal right or freedom as a special privilege?
CommonSpace columnist and Common Weal head of policy Ben Wray explores what it means to be free and how it can be achieved
"Freedom is so much the essence of man that even its opponents implement it while combating its reality; they want to appropriate for themselves as a most precious ornament what they have rejected as an ornament of human nature.
"No man combats freedom; at most he combats the freedom of others. Hence every kind of freedom has always existed, only at one time as a special privilege, at another as a universal right."
The basic income: Can it really work or is it all just a pipe dream?
The idea of a universal basic income has been floating around the political horizon in recent times with increasing energy. But what is it and how could it work in practice? Anas Hassan speaks to two academics to gain an extended insight
WOULDN'T we all love to be given money for free, even if we weren't working? What a utopian concept. But within the reality of life, many people have to work to sustain a living.
Ben Wray: Why both the right to work and the right not to work can set us free
In the first of a brand new weekly column, Ben Wray - a former CommonSpace reporter and now head of policy at Common Weal - argues that a basic income will work best in a society that guarantees both a right to work and not to work
THE debate on basic income in Scotland has got me thinking about how it might really fit into our working lives, and how it could help change the way we perceive employment itself.
Ben Simmons: Basic income could increase divorce, and that’s a good thing