15:30 – 17:00

UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME AND THE RIGHT TO HEALTH

We will close the day with a screening of ‘Basic Income is Coming to Scotland’, a short film by Margaret Gilmour, followed by a panel discussion and audience Q&A. In recent years the idea of Universal Basic Income has gained greater popularity in Scotland. In 2017 the Scottish Government announced plans to support feasibility work in four local authority areas – Glasgow City, Edinburgh City, North Ayrshire and Fife. These local developments reflect a wider movement across Europe and internationally exploring the possibilities of a UBI – to alleviate poverty, to respond to the transition to automation, and to improve population health. In addition, UBI has also been considered from the perspective of human rights. In 2017 the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights Phillip Alston, published a report last year on basic income. As part of Declaration Festival 2019, we will explore the potential impact of UBI for health, and whether UBI can be a route to realising the right to health in Scotland.

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