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Irish Government launch basic income for artists scheme

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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