Ireland ‘Universal Basic Income for artists’ update

As mentioned here previously, the Irish government is toying with the idea of offering a Universal Basic Income for artists and arts sector workers [£] to help even out the bumpy income that comes with freelancing.

More details are emerging now. It seems that they will do a trial whereby they ask people to show that they meet the criteria, and then people will be randomly selected to receive the support. Those who don’t get it will be asked to form part of a control group.

9,000 have applied and those selected will receive €325 a week. The selection process will pick 2,000 applicants at random and award them the support

Arts Minister Catherine Martin said:

“The new measure makes a statement about our values as a nation – that the voices of artists have been heard and that the arts matter. This is a unique opportunity to research the impact a basic income could have on the arts and to provide the evidence base for permanent support.”

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