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Universal Basic Income - Can it work?

Numerous pilots are taking place around the world to test the theory behind a Universal Basic Income. How have they worked?

How would you like to receive a set income from the state without conditions?

It's an idea which is gaining world wide attention with pilot schemes in Finland, Canada and Spain to name a few. In Scotland ministers have awarded funding to four local authorities to undertake feasibility studies with a view to holding a pilot.

Adam Shaw and a guest panel discuss the theory behind the idea and examine how if it could ever work in practice.

How have the trials worked in different countries? Is a universal basic income a useful way of thinking about wealth redistribution or is it just an unaffordable utopian dream?

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Joining Adam on the panel:
Jamie Cooke, Head of Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce Scotland
Dr Louise Haagh, author of The Case for Universal Basic Income and a Reader in Politics at the University of York
Dr Luke Martinelli, the main researcher on the Institute for Policy Research’s basic income research project at Bath University

Producer: Linda Walker
Presenter: Adam Shaw
Editor: Jasper Corbett

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