Still closing the gap

One of the key messages of this year’s Challenge Poverty Week is that poverty affects us all and this means challenging women’s inequality at work.  Women are more likely to be in poverty than men; women are more likely to experience in-work poverty; women find it harder to escape poverty and are more likely to experience persistent poverty than men.

We also know that women’s experience of poverty is directly linked to women’s experience of the labour market.

What’s more, in line with the multiple labour market barriers experienced by different groups of women, the risk of poverty is even greater for black and minority ethnic women, disabled women and refugee and asylum-seeking women.

So why are women more likely to experience poverty than their male counterparts?  Check out this Close the Gap briefing to gain more understanding.

Universal basic income – A scoping review of evidence on impacts and study characteristics

The first comprehensive scoping review of 28 studies of ten interventions which unconditionally provided substantial cash transfers to individuals or families.

There is increasing political and academic interest in the potential effects of implementing a universal basic income scheme in which all individuals are unconditionally provided with a substantial, regular sum of money on a long-term basis.

While a universal basic income has never been implemented, there have been a number of interventions which involve the unconditional provision of a substantial amount of money to individuals or households. We conducted a scoping review to identify evidence on the design, evaluation and impacts of such interventions.

This is the first study to use scoping review methods to systematically identify, extract, and interpret evidence from relevant studies. Data from the included studies extends our understanding of the effects of these interventions and will be of use for planning of pilot interventions and evaluations.

The study found evidence on labour market participation, health, education, and a range of social and economic outcomes.

And on that ….

In September 2017, Scottish Government announced in its Programme for Government that it would support local authority areas to explore a Citizen’s Basic Income (CBI) scheme by establishing a fund to help areas to develop their proposals further and establish suitable testing.

While plans are at an early stage, it has been agreed that four local authorities will explore the feasibility of a Scottish Basic Income Pilot with design phase of the project taking from 12 to 18 months.

The local authorities involved will produce a report for Scottish Government on the findings of the feasibility work by September 2019.  The learning from this preliminary work will be used to inform a decision about whether Scottish Government will support the implementation of local pilots of Basic Income.


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