The district of Besós in Barcelona, Utretcht in the Netherlands and the Finnish city of Helsinki are all reportedly set to trial a universal basic income scheme.
Residents will be given money for two years to lift them above the breadline as the scheme looks to investigate “innovative and creative solutions”. 
Each area will be been given €13m (£11m) from the European Union to fund the scheme, which will grant 1,000 randomly selected low-income households between €400 and €525 (£350 and £455) per month. 
Those who are selected are expected to join programmes which look to aid them at finding long-term employment and will be encouraged to get involved in social inclusion initiatives.
“We want to monitor what impact it will have once the right to housing is guaranteed,” Laia Ortiz, who oversees social policy at Barcelona’s city hall, told The Local. 
The ultimate aim of the plans are to “test and analyse how effective forms …