Re: A shorter term problem
You realise that people can throw in the towel right now and be on benefits?
But for most people currently choosing to work, there's a stigma attached to "claiming benefits", added to which the system is set up to support (or pressure) people back into work. And any job will do so far as the benefits system is concerned. If the claimant can't evidence that they're trying to find work, then the benefits get stopped. So other than for the feckless, dishonest, and unemployable, it is pretty hard to remain on benefits as some sort of career choice.
So UBI isn't the same thing at all. Since I don't live in Scotland, I'm all for Scotland trying it out. Lets see how it pans out, if it works, and is affordable, then other countries will copy it.