Irish Government launch basic income for artists scheme
The world is pondering how best to move forward as we overcome Covid, and Ireland has announced a scheme that links up with one of the current progressive buzzwords: basic income.
The plan for Basic Income For The Arts is to take roughly two thousand people – musicians, actors, and other people from the arts world – and give them a basic weekly income to allow them to focus on their creative work, rather than making ends meet. Irish minister for the arts, Catherine Martin, has called this a “once in a generation policy intervention”, but people are already watching to see if the scheme provides weight to universal basic income campaigning.
Of course, two thousand isn’t a lot when you consider the Irish arts scene, and there still isn’t a precise figure for the weekly income, but ten to eleven euros per hour has been mooted.
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