Disability and Carer Benefits Expert Advisory Group - beyond a safe and secure transfer: advice

This proactive advice outlines a number of recommendations the Disability and Carer Benefits Expert Advisory Group made on the additional positive impact which disability and carer’s assistance could make, following the safe and secure transfer of all clients on to new forms of Scottish assistance.

Annex B Existing Research Relevant to a Minimum Income Guarantee

DACBEAG hosted a seminar, titled 'Models of social security assistance: drawing lessons from other countries' on 28 March 2022. A number of international speakers presented during this seminar to showcase comparisons from their own countries. We extend our thanks to the presenters: Garima Talwar Kapoor, Director of Policy and Research, and Michael Mendelson, Maytree Fellow, Maytree, Canada; Markus Raivio, CEO and Co-Founder, Kukunori, Finland and; Annie Harper, PhD, Program for Recovery and Community Health, Department of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine, USA.

The purpose of this session was to reflect on the different approaches taken to social security currently being implement in other countries that Scotland may seek to learn from. During this seminar a proportion of the discussion centred around all of the countries represented at the time having experience trialling either a Universal Basic Income or researching a Minimum Income Guarantee.

International colleagues shared some relevant resources of existing research which we would like to make our Scottish Government colleagues aware of to share learning and prevent unnecessary duplication of challenges that have been identified:

  • Covering All the Basics: Reforms for a More Just Society, Final Report of the British Columbia Expert Panel on Basic Income[36]
  • Lessons from Ontario's Basic Income Pilot[37]
  • What does an actual housing allowance look like? Manitoba's Rent Assist program[38]
  • The mental health case for universal basic income by Matt Smith[39]
  • The results of Finland's basic income experiment[40]


Email: CEU@gov.scot

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