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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.

 

Who's endorsing

Red Button Theatre
Keys to Inclusion
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  • endorsed 2016-09-13 11:25:30 +0100
    As a single mother, in the past, I would have liked to feel allowed to spend more time looking after my children than feeling forced to work, often finding jobs that were a strain on me and my small family.

    Regarding myself I have had ill health through my childhood and into my adulthood, making it hard to hold down a job. I have often felt inadequate due to the insidious ‘work ethic’ and ‘benefit scrounger’ mentality that pervades Britain. On at least two occasions I have been ill, trying my best but I have not been able to fill forms out sufficiently meaning my children and I have lost out on benefits. I had not been shown the resources for support and also come from a family that that would rather continue fiercely independent than admit failure. We have gone for weeks without any financial support and had to beg inadequate unofficial people for food, causing me embarrassment and shame, this should not be a reality for anybody in the twentieth century. Although my health conditions meaning I could and possibly should apply for disability I do not want the stigma attached or to undergo the arduous and demeaning methods to get it that are in place currently. At present I am now with a partner who has a part time job as he has children also and we both have lots of parental responsibilities between us. I also have a part time job but I am off sick and unsure of what will happen in the foreseeable future.

    There are so many reasons I think basic income should come into action;





    • The increase of automatons and meaningless jobs.




    • The whole of society benefiting; stabilising the economy, less likelihood of people taking advantage of the benefit system and less likelihood of people falling through the net as it were when they should be receiving financial support from the government.




    • More volunteer schemes being put in place where the works outcome is educational benefits and certificates, that could lead to other vocations.




    • More time for people to help their family, enjoy the satisfaction of civic duties, to take up community, healing and creative opportunities which would enrich our society and culture.

  • posted about this on Facebook 2016-09-13 09:35:07 +0100
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  • endorsed 2016-09-13 09:34:37 +0100
    There’s not the work to go round and unemployment will continue to rise. Without a UBI there will be immense, unnecessary suffering. It’s also economically more sound than the current system which places stress on health, social care and criminal justice system to pick up the pieces of this suffering which is real for benefit claimants and people on low incomes.
  • endorsed 2016-09-12 16:16:48 +0100
  • endorsed 2016-09-12 13:16:04 +0100
    It will benefit the whole of society in a number of ways
  • posted about this on Facebook 2016-09-12 01:30:45 +0100
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  • endorsed 2016-09-12 01:29:36 +0100
    The rights and liberties of Man, and the need to make consumers wealthier in order to benefit the whole economy and spur spending and growth.
  • endorsed 2016-09-11 18:53:49 +0100
  • endorsed 2016-09-11 16:13:55 +0100
  • endorsed 2016-09-10 19:51:21 +0100
    To maintain a cultural life in cities and towns
  • endorsed 2016-09-09 19:00:10 +0100
    I endorse basic income because I believe it will empower everybody in ways we’ve never seen before. The reason for political apathy and poverty are all linked to a lack of income, and introducing a basic income could massively alleviate many people’s day to day stresses. I also setup http://automationwatch.org which I am actively using to promote the idea of basic income on a daily basis.
  • endorsed via 2016-09-09 17:47:09 +0100
    It’s time to reverse the wealth gap and come out of the dark ages.
  • posted about this on Facebook 2016-09-09 14:09:42 +0100
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  • endorsed 2016-09-09 14:08:05 +0100
    I strongly believe it to be the only viable route for society in the face of ever-increasing wealth inequality.
  • posted about this on Facebook 2016-09-09 12:01:55 +0100
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  • endorsed 2016-09-09 12:01:10 +0100
  • @davidredbutton tweeted link to this page. 2016-09-08 07:01:44 +0100
    I'm endorsing Basic Income UK's statement. Please join me! http://www.basicincome.org.uk/?recruiter_id=4070
  • Red Button Theatre endorsed 2016-09-08 07:00:36 +0100
    I have a diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder and have been pushed from one so called benefit to another. They are all awarded reluctantly without dignity from a welfare system that does not care about the welfare of recipients but about targets to lower numbers claiming set by government. Universal Basic Income would alleviate the worry of having to find unsuitable work that could trigger a mental health condition.
  • endorsed 2016-09-07 13:33:03 +0100
    I have heard too many testimonies and experienced too much about how the current social security system causes a lot of suffering. The conditionality and time limit rules aren’t doing people any good. Basic Income seems to be a great way forward. The details need working out, because it should be partially means-tested (but only conditional on the amount of existing income, not how you are earning that money or what you are doing to search for a job). This means the more money you make the less financial support you get from the state. It’s only fair.
  • endorsed 2016-09-05 21:56:50 +0100
  • endorsed 2016-09-04 22:59:49 +0100
    to give hope to disabled people that might only be able to work 1 or 2 days a week, and give them a future, they just don’t have with the benefits trap.
  • endorsed 2016-09-04 22:56:34 +0100
  • endorsed 2016-09-04 20:53:15 +0100
  • Keys to Inclusion endorsed 2016-09-04 00:31:38 +0100
  • endorsed 2016-09-03 22:07:10 +0100
  • endorsed 2016-09-03 11:17:39 +0100
    I believe it would introduce greater “spending power” to those who struggle to make ends meet.
  • endorsed via 2016-09-03 10:11:06 +0100
  • posted about this on Facebook 2016-09-03 09:14:01 +0100
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  • endorsed 2016-09-03 09:13:30 +0100
    I want a fairer more financially stable society for all and one which enables our future generations to explore their creative talents.
  • endorsed 2016-09-02 16:30:04 +0100
    I think it is the way forward. I work with clients who are stigmatised for being on benefits. I also think we have our work life balance all wrong

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