Our system of social welfare needs reform
The social welfare system is not perfect and is in need of reform. There is a constant presence of poverty and social exclusion in Irish society. Because of the changing nature of work and the increasing diversity of family types, there is a need for a more flexible system of support that acknowledges work other than paid employment. This merits investigating new methods of providing support to individuals and families.
Therefore, Fianna Fáil will establish a Basic Income Commission to examine the feasibility of introducing a basic income system in Ireland. This commission will be part of an overall effort to create a fairer and more dynamic welfare system, fit for the needs of the 21st century.
Fianna Fáil’s plan to study Basic Income
Establish a dedicated commission
Establish a commission to further investigate the feasibility of establishing a basic income system as part of an overall effort to create a fairer 21st century welfare system.
Regular progress updates
Ensure that the Commission reports within 12 months with specific recommendations and proposals.
Launch a pilot project
Implement a basic income pilot project if recommended by the Commission.