Scotland is planning one of the biggest basic income pilots in the western world, spanning four local authority areas. One of the areas taking part in the trial, due to begin in 2019, is Fife. New Start spoke to head of communities and neighbourhoods at Fife Council, Paul Vaughan ————————————————————————————————————————————— How did Fife Council become interested in the idea of a universal basic income? It started in November 2015 and the release of a report called Fairness Matters by the Fairer Fife Commission, which was set up to look at solutions and interventions around poverty. There were 40 recommendations for the council and its partners and one of them was to pilot basic income in a town in Fife. The first question for us was, what is basic income? Since then we’ve been getting our heads around what it means and putting forward papers to committees. The general view from … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

Clare Goff
Clare Goff is editor of New Start magazine