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We believe that now is the time for the United Kingdom to reform its benefit system and to base it on a Universal Basic Income (also known as a Citizen’s Income).

Universal Basic Income would provide financial security for all, so that everyone has the resources they need to fulfil their potential. We urge others to express support for the principle of a Basic Income with the aim of making it an issue in the next General Election. Basic Income is a regular payment made to every individual, not means tested, non-withdrawable and without work conditions. It would :    

  • Guarantee everyone a secure base which ensures that work always pays    
     
  • Replace the complex benefits system with a scheme fit for the 21st century
        
  • Provide us all, including people who need extra income related to sickness, disability and housing, with the freedom to develop and contribute our talents, and the dignity we all deserve.

With your support we can press politicians to back this idea and make it a key campaign issue at the next General election.

If you agree with us please endorse the above statement and we would also love to hear why you support a basic income.

 

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  • @geoff2009 tweeted link to this page. 2017-01-17 21:11:39 +0000
    .@UKLabour leaders like John McDonnell are seriously investigating a Universal Basic Income (#UBI). Please join in! http://www.basicincome.org.uk/?recruiter_id=4765
  • endorsed 2017-01-17 21:06:34 +0000
    With growing inequality, the rise in insecure employment, the threat of more and more work, menial and skilled, being automated, it is time to separate work (contribution to community projects) and means of livelihood. The idea that this will lead to idleness must be countered. My view of humans is that we do not need the stick of fear of penury or carrot of luxury to engage us in community projects. All things being equal, we will do what we can: from each according to their ability. Who do you personally know who just works for money? We all take pride in what we do or how we do it. If not, that is a symptom of a system that has poisoned someone’s self respect, and that kind of system needs to be superseded.
  • endorsed 2017-01-17 18:14:50 +0000
    makes such good sense for a fairer society Poverty must end a blight on our World
  • endorsed 2017-01-17 17:56:48 +0000
  • endorsed 2017-01-17 16:35:44 +0000
    In a world of increasing automation, a basic income is both increasingly plausible and necessary. It is one of the few radical ideas with genuine appeal across the political spectrum
  • endorsed 2017-01-17 13:11:47 +0000
    I think the idea must be examined. As we approach a world where software & automation will transform the working environment there must be a mechanism for all of society to share in the wealth created by technology and innovation. The alternative is a terrible political divide between the winner and losers.
  • posted about this on Facebook 2017-01-17 10:43:09 +0000
    I'm endorsing Basic Income UK's statement. Please join me!
  • endorsed 2017-01-17 10:41:39 +0000
    It’s a no brainer to me!
  • endorsed 2017-01-17 09:12:34 +0000
    The key to social stability in the future. Freeing people to start small businesses, do voluntary work, go back to college/school, look after their children and the elderly.
  • endorsed 2017-01-16 23:11:28 +0000
  • endorsed 2017-01-16 16:46:48 +0000
    National basic income makes life much easier and build happier,and more successful society.
  • endorsed 2017-01-14 21:54:02 +0000
    no income means no life
  • endorsed 2017-01-14 18:16:16 +0000
    We live in a wealthy society in which there are many ways to contribute – carers, low pais but altruistic workers, volunteers, artists, and generators of £’s. The generator of £’s are in some ways RELIANT on the others! We are all CONNECTED. Basic income reflects that .
  • endorsed 2017-01-14 15:43:14 +0000
    It makes real sense and is a really progressive idea. I believe it would help reduce the stress related to work and give people the opportunity to contribute to society in countless imaginative and creative ways.
  • endorsed 2017-01-13 22:19:54 +0000
  • endorsed 2017-01-12 19:36:05 +0000
    With increasing automation and rising unemployment a basic income is swiftly becoming a necessity in the developed world.
  • endorsed 2017-01-12 17:03:06 +0000
    I think it will help the community
  • endorsed 2017-01-12 15:16:50 +0000
    It takes the economic stress out of peoples life and therefore will give them a freedom to explore and do things that they are truly passionate about. Its also possible for them to learn bew set of skills that are needed but can not currently afford.
  • endorsed 2017-01-12 07:44:28 +0000
    Reduce inequality, Artificial Intelligence will lead to fewer jobs soon, fairer job distribution, work life balance for all, increase opportunity for social mobility, reduction in crime, more opportunity to thrive rather than survive. Overall a happier society in which to live and develop.
  • posted about this on Facebook 2017-01-11 23:22:52 +0000
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  • endorsed 2017-01-11 23:22:41 +0000
    Independence
  • endorsed 2017-01-11 22:23:20 +0000
  • endorsed 2017-01-11 18:57:54 +0000
  • endorsed 2017-01-11 08:42:29 +0000
    UBI allows greater social mobility through the ability to cover basic living costs, and combats much of the ill effects of the current benefits system. Furthermore it might just be the move away from the neo-liberal attitudes where those in poverty are looked down on rather than poverty being viewed as a negative reflection of systems in place that require addressing.
  • endorsed 2017-01-10 21:00:01 +0000
    - free people from a monetary system they are born into and not free to leave. Universal income would allow individuals to ‘pay off’ their obligations in the monetary system and actually love their lives. Those who want to participate can freely with out expecting their endeavours are Redistributed to non contributors.


    -remove the social engineering and political aspects of the current system of benefits (buying votes) and make it transparent efficient and accessible to all citizens.


    -my concern would be the obligations of the citizen to the state in return for this income. And would the system be undermined but a further hierarchy of benifits ‘above’ it.

    How would the system be funded?

    What measure would stop crony capitalists simply raising prices to accommodate each citizens income?
  • endorsed 2017-01-10 12:58:01 +0000
    It addresses the consequences of technological advances on the work force and it is potentially highly redistributive. By making receipt of CI unconditional it will free individuals to work, volunteer, and care for family members according to need and circumstance. The current system is impossibly complex and incredibly unjust, driving people into poverty even as they try desperately to conform to arbitrary criteria of eligibility for benefits. Citizen Income isn’t a panacea but will go a long way to creating a fairer and more sustainable society.
  • endorsed 2017-01-10 12:12:21 +0000
    A disillusionment with a cost of living which is, and has for some time been far higher than the minimum wage and benefits.
  • endorsed 2017-01-10 10:32:21 +0000
    UBI set at the Living Wage rate will give people the freedom to reject employment. This essential for the purposes a progressive society.
  • posted about this on Facebook 2017-01-10 06:26:21 +0000
    I'm endorsing Basic Income UK's statement. Please join me!
  • @KingSidney85 tweeted link to this page. 2017-01-10 06:26:19 +0000
    I'm endorsing Basic Income UK's statement. Please join me! http://www.basicincome.org.uk/?recruiter_id=4716

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