Our mission

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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  • endorsed 2016-10-15 20:24:35 +0100
    A basic guaranted income would free the population of fear and insecurity, thus improve the health and mental anguish of all, make the population more productive and restore the dignity of those,,,, and ourselves potentially tomorrow who live in fear of poverty and debt,,,, if we become our brother, s keepers it also takes away basic fears for our children in the future if we cannot provide for them on a individual basis. Everyone would benefit including the economy, its time we stepped back and revise how we do things, look outside the box.
  • endorsed 2016-10-14 16:07:43 +0100
  • endorsed 2016-10-14 08:59:45 +0100
    A step towards a natural law resource based economy….
  • endorsed 2016-10-13 21:55:26 +0100
    When I was homeless I was living in a shelter that was receiving £300 a week from the council to have me there. Just £100 a week paid to me directly would have meant I could have rented privately and maintained my dignity. We see this up and down the UK: lots of money paid to institutions when giving the money direct to the people in need would be cheaper and more humane. £100-150 basic income a week along with rent control and a crackdown on corporate tax evasion would completey transform this country.
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  • endorsed 2016-10-13 12:11:57 +0100
    End poverty and provide support for the precariat. Redistribute the wealth that has been extracted from ordinary working class people, especially from the last 30 years of Neoliberal economics. Also ,as Guy Standing has said elsewhere work needs to be redefined. Plenty of people do essential tasks which do not fit into the restricted Capitalist definition where the only work that counts is work that they can extract surplus value and irrespective of it´s wider environmental and social impacts.
  • endorsed 2016-10-12 20:32:41 +0100
  • endorsed 2016-10-12 17:44:41 +0100
    I believe the land belongs to the people – we are each entitled to one ‘average’ acre of it (60 million people, 60 million acres) – or the equivalent ‘rental’ for our ‘acre’ – that rent is our ‘citizens income’.
  • endorsed 2016-10-11 15:24:05 +0100
    To untangle the impossible welfare system and to release the potential in everyone.


    Reading through the comments mainly shows how this system would help us individually. But to win this argument we have to expain how it would benefit society at large and the country as whole. I’ve never claimed a benefit in my life and would regard myself as a wet Tory liberal. There was a very good radio BBC 4 program called Analysis on this subject. ( find it on radio iPlayer) Charities would no longer need gift aid as the government would be gifting thousands of volunteers. People would be free to care for the old and vulnerable without it being a burden on the state. Hospitals and care homes could have the money paid directly to them from the patient’s allowance. The tax system could be revolutionized to be simpler and more efficient by abolishing allowances.People would be free to persue cultural and sporting activities, and to help those in need of support. Schools may not need to provide sports training as an endless army of talented adults would volunteer to do it. Budding entrepreneurs would have the time and safety net to set up thousands of thriving small businesses. The list goes on and on for this revolutionary and truly exciting idea! Of course there will be those who will stay in bed all day watching cash in the attic and eating crisps, but they are with us anyway and I think that by eradicating poverty this way then we can move on to a more educated and secure life. Petty crime would just about disappear and we could all go out and tidy our streets. As JFK put it; Ask not what the UBI can do for you, ask what it can do for your country.
  • endorsed 2016-10-11 13:16:36 +0100
  • endorsed 2016-10-11 12:24:27 +0100
  • endorsed 2016-10-10 13:46:04 +0100
    I believe this is one way to combat inequality – and all the evil that creates – through a redistribution of wealth.
  • endorsed 2016-10-09 19:02:11 +0100
    Not only is this need for all those out of employment but those in employment too. To help force employers to offer better conditions. Also whilst tech makes less jobs (as it should be) more people can be free to innovate and explore their dreams
  • endorsed 2016-10-09 11:49:45 +0100
    It can contribute to human dignity and reduce stress related conditions. it should however be linked to the concept of duty – related to the care in the community, concerning other people or the environment
  • endorsed 2016-10-07 00:08:09 +0100
    Welfare systems have become cruel and divisive. Save on stress, distress and crazy expensive intrusive assessment processes. Every citizen has a right to basics of life in a nation. Next, rethink the whole approach to employment
  • endorsed 2016-10-05 19:37:24 +0100
  • endorsed via 2016-10-05 13:11:27 +0100
    Because I have witnessed the mental stress causes by the unfairness of the present system. One of my friends has become seriously depressed, almost to the extent that he has become tired of living! He has mentioned to me that some people have commit suicide as a result of the mental stress caused by the present system of unfairness.


    Best wishes.


    R. H. B. Griffiths
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  • endorsed 2016-10-04 11:42:21 +0100
  • endorsed 2016-10-03 10:39:16 +0100
    UBI abolishes cruel and complicated means tests and provides income security for everyone.
  • endorsed 2016-10-03 10:27:40 +0100
    Everybody should always have the unconditional, minimum amount of money to be able to provide themselves with the basics In life in a society that is increasingly becoming unsustainable to the poorest and most vulnerable.
  • endorsed 2016-10-03 08:30:57 +0100
    It is a basic human right that everyone has the basic necessities of life; unconditionally.
  • endorsed 2016-10-02 20:36:12 +0100
    Everyone equal no poverty
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  • endorsed 2016-10-02 10:35:04 +0100
    As someone who has spent time the last time infact 18 months signing on and someone who has worked temp job after temp job to avoid signing on I am perhaps very well aware of the short comings that exist within the current system and Universal Credit is not going to help with this. My current job involves me working very closely with the Job Centre helping people with Digital Skills who don’t have them.


    I have seen now from both sides of the coin from being a claimant to working closely with work coaches a good number who really want to help people but hands are tied by red tape and harsh sanction targets, to those advisors who don’t really care and just administer those they see. (Most Work Coaches Job description within the DWP is that of AO or Admin Officer)


    A basic income that could then allow job centres to actually become places of real help and support will really change the system we have, a basic income that will always be there will allow people to take a few hours here or there so that work is always an option, and so that more money is put into the local economy.


    I have hard consecutive government state how work is the thing to encourage yet there reforms have never made this possible, a basic income will do this, the ability to be able to take job here or there and not be at threat of loosing a home or having no money means not only will a basic income be real welfare reform but also will reform our economy and put power in the hands of the employee, for employers those for example who use zero hours they will still get the casual work force that they rely on but it is a workforce that will not need to rely on food banks or be trapped in poverty.
  • endorsed 2016-10-02 10:01:51 +0100
    Our welfare system is no longer fit for modern working patterns, it creates perverse incentives to lower hours and has become extremely complex. Whilst income is linked to employment each generation will find it increasingly difficult to secure meaningful full time work, we need to move away from humans completing mundane jobs that could be cheaply automated just to meet basic needs. A guaranteed income would unleash the potential of our citizens to use their talents in voluntary work, to start up businesses – to create and innovate. Studies by RSA and others have shown that UBI would be affordable at a small increase in cost to current welfare spending, I believe this cost would bring a significant net gain to the UK economy by tapping into the economic potential of all those that are currently shackled to menial jobs they despise.

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