Basic Income: real social security

1723 10.30am Sat 28 Jan 2017

in advance of Fife's pilot citizen's basic income, an opportunity to explore the concept with speakers including Prof Karl Widerquist

About this event

Most of us have concerns about the current social security system. It doesn't make anyone feel secure. It is often seen as a form of control and a massive source of anxiety. In addition the world of work is changing and our system of social security seems stuck in the past. Maybe its time to test out something new? As Fife is leading the UK in exploring the opportunity to 'pilot' a Citizen's Basic Income Scheme (That is every citizen is given a set amount of money every month. This replaces much of social security and money is taken back from the wealthier through tax to also make it redistributive and will help to tackle poverty and inequality). We are delighted to have Professor Karl Widerquist as our keynote speaker. Professor Widerquest is one of the worlds leading advocates for basic income and co-chair of Basic Income Earth Network, a network of Basic Income organisations across the globe. 10.30 Welcome and Registration, Tea and Coffee . 10.45 Bring to Order Explanation of Day - Willie Sullivan Chair of CBINS Morning Session - Finding out about UBI (chaired by Willie Sullivan ) 10.50 Introduction to CBINS - Maddie Halliday – Trustee of CBINS ( 5mins) 10.55 Basic Income What and Why? - Professor Karl Widerquist (30 mins) 11.25 Why Fife? - Paul Vaughn , Head of Community and Corporate Development , Fife Council (10 mins) 11.35 Group Discussion Around Tables – Strengths and Weaknesses of BI (20 mins) 11.55 Questions to the Panel (35 mins) 12.30 Break for Lunch - Soup and Sandwich Afternoon Session - Getting to a Pilot (Chaired by Annie Miller) 13.00 Why a pilot ? - Speaker TBC (10mins) 13.10 The Pros and Cons of Pilots – Professor Karl Widerquist (10 mins) 13.20 Quick Q & A then speakers can circulate around the tables (10min) 13.40 Group Discussion around tables (20 mins) What are the Problems of a Fife Pilot? What is the most tricky problem? What should be done to address problem? Who should be responsible? 14.00 Panel takes main points back from tables discussion (10 mins ) 14.10 Response from the panel (25 mins) Alex Rowley MSP, Deputy Leader of Scottish Labour Party Dave Dempsey, Conservative Group Leader Fife Council Cllr Lesley Laird, Deputy Leader Fife Council (Labour) Ronny Cowan, MP for Inverclyde (SNP) 14.30 Additional Q & A from Audience (15 mins) 14.45 Thanks and Close Willie Sullivan (10 mins) Two questions for Audience 1) How Important is Citizens Income to making Scotland a better place to live for everyone? 2) How much of a priority do you think should be given to Fife piloting a scheme? 15.00 End With lots of opportunity to discuss and ask questions about the transformative idea of a Basic Income for everyone this event will lay out the work to date to create a Basic Income pilot here in Scotland and provide a template for others to follow across the nation.


Willie Sullivan, Maddie Halliday, Professor Karl Widerquist, Paul Vaughn, Annie Miller, Alex Rowley (Labour), Dave Dempsey (Conservative), Cllr Lesley Laird (Labour), Ronny Cowan (SNP)


Kelty Community Centre, Kelty, Fife

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