To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment he has made of the feasibility of devolving sufficient powers for the Scottish Government to undertake a national basic income experiment per the recommendations of Basic Income Scotland’s Report on the feasibility of Scottish Citizens’ Basic Income pilots published in June 2020.
Since 2016, the Scottish Government have had the power to provide assistance for social security purposes in areas of devolved responsibility. Scotland has significant tax and welfare powers and can top-up existing benefits, pay discretionary payments and create entirely new benefits altogether.
The funding of the Scottish Government’s social services programmes is entirely a matter for them out of the funds allocated to it for that purpose. Where the Scottish Government introduces a new policy which has expenditure implications it is for them to find the appropriate funding, including through their own tax raising powers where appropriate.