Budget for pilot of universal basic income: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

FOI reference: FOI/18/00877
Date received: 21 March 2018 Date responded: 4 April 2018

Information requested

Does the SG budget for pilots of Universal Basic Income include any provision for additional funding to councils over and above £250,000?


In the 2017-18 Programme for Government (PfG), the Scottish Government made a commitment to provide support to four pilot authorities in their exploration of the Citizens Basic Income concept.A fund of £250,000 is available for the four local authorities to bid into, covering a two year period from April 2018 to March 2020. The funding is to support feasibility work and will be made available on the basis of a short business case, setting out how the money will be spent.No provision has been made for additional funding over and above £250,000.

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Central Enquiry Unit
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