‘Addressing the needs of children and young people in Scotland: the potential of a Basic Income

‘Addressing the needs of children and young people in Scotland: the potential of a Basic Income’
14th Kilbrandon Lecture – University of Strathclyde
12.10.16

 

Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal and Vice-Chancellor invites you to the 14th Kilbrandon Lecture

 

Professor Guy Standing – Professor of Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and co-founder of the Basic Income Earth Network.

 

‘Addressing the needs of children and young people in Scotland: the potential of a Basic Income’
 
Wednesday 23 November 2016 at 6:00pm
 
Technology and Innovation Centre (TIC)
 
99 George Street, Glasgow G1 1RD

 

The Kilbrandon Lecture series was inaugurated in 1999, and is supported by the Scottish Government and the University of Strathclyde. Lord Kilbrandon chaired the committee which led to the formation of the Scottish Children’s Hearings system, a unique framework of care and justice designed to ensure that children’s "needs and deeds" are considered whenever formal legal proceedings related to care and justice arise. 

 

In this year’s lecture Professor Guy Standing of the University of London will note that there are about 220,000 children living in poverty in Scotland; two thirds in households where someone has a job. Globally, the 20th century income distribution system has broken down irretrievably, leaving growing numbers in poverty and economic insecurity, many in the precariat. 

 

All welfare systems have failed. Tax credits and the ‘living wage’ have also failed to reduce inequalities. An ongoing Global Transformation and the evolution of rentier capitalism have contributed to the growing insecurity, in which the precariat are experiencing unstable labour, have no occupational identity and are dependent upon inadequate money wages. Professor Standing will consider the impact of current systems of income distribution and inequality on children and families and will argue for the need to build an income distribution system in which a universal basic income is an integral part.

 

The lecture will be chaired by Jennifer Davidson Director of the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland.

 

 

Please register here by Friday 11 November 2016
 
Registration and refreshments from 5.30pm
 
Lecture starts 6:00pm
 
Drinks reception to follow
 
Enquiries to corporate-events@strath.ac.uk or 0141 548 2245