Basic Income Guarantee Pilot Scheme for Artists Announced as part of National Economic Recovery Plan

VAI welcomes the announcement that a Basic Income Guarantee pilot scheme for artists will be part of the government’s recovery plan. Speaking following today’s Cabinet meeting, Catherine Martin TD said that she was delighted to confirm that in the National Economic Recovery Plan announced today, she has secured a commitment for Government to prioritise a Basic Income guarantee pilot scheme for artists.

Minister Martin said:

“This was the number one recommendation from artists and the sector through the Arts and Culture Recovery Taskforce Report-Life Worth Living.  It is an unprecedented move and the pilot scheme will involve a significant number of artists.”

She added:

“We recognise that bold steps are necessary for our invaluable and much treasured arts community to come back stronger than ever before. I will therefore develop a proposal for the Basic Income guarantee pilot scheme by July, working with my Cabinet colleague Minister Heather Humphreys in the Department of Social Protection”.

The Economic Recovery Plan (ERP) sets out a framework for recovery as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. The ERP pays particular attention to sectors most impacted, such as tourism and hospitality, live events and the arts, and will help kick start the recovery.

Minister Martin added:
“This plan presented today goes a long way to meeting the commitments we made in the Programme for Government and in charting a path to recovery from the challenge of COVID-19.  Crucially, the Plan specifically recognises the unique challenges that have been faced by sectors such as Tourism, the Events sector, Gaeltacht, Sports, Arts and Culture and Media, and sets out a package of supports that are being put into place to safeguard and stimulate these sectors.”

She added, “I am glad that my colleagues in Government have listened to my concerns regarding the impact that a cliff-edge ending of these supports would have on sectors and that we as a Government can now say that the phasing out of supports will only be progressed in sync with our stepwise approach to the reopening of these sectors”.

VAI look forward to seeing detailed plans for the roll out of the pilot scheme and to continuing our Advocacy work in this area.

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