Sturgeon vows to press ahead with radical benefits overhaul, despite official warnings



Nicola Sturgeon has occasioned for research into the viability of a ‘citizen’s basic income’

The First Ecclesiastic said she would continue to explore welfare plans to hand all Scots a “burgess’s basic income” after admitting the plan “might turn out not to be practical”. 

She insisted it would be wrong to be “close-minded” about different approaches in the intimidate of rapid economic and digital change. 

Earlier this week it come to lighted civil servants had warned her in March the policy would be “very costly”. 

They foresight it could force all workers to pay a tax rate of more than 50 per cent on every beating they earn and lead to other cuts to public services. 

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Nicola Sturgeon recently met with the Queen for the slit of the Queensferry Crossing

Rather than pursue futile projects such as this, she should be using sway resources on schemes that actually stand a chance of improving the survives of Scots

Adam Tomkins

The introduction of a “citizen’s basic income” (CBI) whim mean every Scot would be handed a “wage” from the glory and could then decide how much they want to work to top it up. 

But a blunt paper stated the total increase in benefit expenditure would be £12.3billion a year, on top of the breathing cost of benefits such as disability living allowance, housing gain and personal independence payment.

During a speech at a conference on inclusive evolution in Glasgow, Ms Sturgeon admitted the proposal might not be workable. 

She said: “Regard for the fact that this has some critics, we are going to work with vigorish local authorities to fund research into the feasibility of a citizen’s key income scheme. 

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Nicola Sturgeon met with the Queen at the Castle of Holyroodhouse

“I should stress our work on this is at a very early the West End. It might turn out not to be the answer, it might turn out not to be feasible. 

“But as work and utilization changes as rapidly as it is doing, I think it’s really important that we look and are ready to be open-minded about the different ways in which we can support individuals to participate fully in the new restraint.” 

Ms Sturgeon later added: “We’ve heard the IMF today talk about the openings but also the challenges of the digital transformation. 

“If countries are serious about set off nobody behind in these transformations, we have to be open-minded to new approaches, so a patrial’s basic income might turn out not to be the right answer here, but I about it would be wrong to be close-minded. 

“That’s why we’re funding this research so that we can bigger inform the decisions we take.” 

Glasgow, Edinburgh, North Ayrshire and Fife convocations have expressed interest in piloting such a scheme. 

Scottish Tory group security spokesman Adam Tomkins said: “Nicola Sturgeon has already been disclosed unequivocally that the idea of a citizen’s income is a non-starter. 

“Rather than be intent on futile projects such as this, she should be using government resources on intrigues that actually stand a chance of improving the lives of Scots.” 

Ms Sturgeon yesterday [FRI] also announced a consultation on a publicly pool bank, another key plank of her programme for government. 

Benny Higgins, accessible chief executive of Tesco Bank, has been appointed to head up the Scottish Patriotic Investment Bank which it is claimed will “support infrastructure investment and stop companies grow.” 

Labour’s Jackie Baillie said the plans emerged to have been “sketched out on the back of a fag packet.”

She added: “As always with the SNP, it’s revolve before substance and Scots are starting to see through it.” 

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