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 2017-01-03 13:29:19 +0000
  • endorsed 2017-01-02 23:33:36 +0000
    I think everyone should get the same income regardless of job status. I also think it will BENIFIT people who could be losing there job to no they have money coming in
  • endorsed 2017-01-02 23:33:34 +0000
    I think everyone should get the same income regardless of job status. I also think it will BENIFIT people who could be losing there job to no they have money coming in
  • endorsed 2017-01-02 20:57:26 +0000
    During my life I have lived through four recessions. I have also been unemployed several times and struggled to feed myself. I have lost my home. And I am one of many thousands who have had this happen to them. Life’s fortunes can go up and down and the effects can be devastating.

    A Guaranteed Basic income would have made it so much easier to get back on my feet. To live a proper life and contribute to society instead of taking from it. The economy, and all the jobs in it, depends on having money to spend and putting money IN peoples’ pockets is the best way to get that money into the economy, making livelihoods more secure, local economies stronger and people safer. Who knows? It might even stop the next recession.
  • endorsed 2017-01-02 17:55:58 +0000
    Because the majority of jobs will go to AI in the next fifteen years so we urgently need a ‘plan B’ to capitalism
  • endorsed 2017-01-02 13:45:56 +0000
    Equality and humanity for everyone
  • endorsed 2017-01-02 13:33:11 +0000
    After studying at university for 5 years and accumulating the debt that goes with it, I believe myself and fellow recent graduates have not found ourselves in the position that we had imagined or were led to believe would automatically be our future. Whether due to the current economic climate or the insane competition and experience required for even the most basic entry jobs many of us have found ourselves working full-time for minimum wage in jobs without career prospects and not related to our studies at all just in order to support ourselves and pay the bills. For many this is the only valid option as the experience required for appropriate graduate jobs often means internships and work experience involving relocating to London just to be in with a chance of acquiring a job you are actually qualified and trained for. This is obviously out of reach for most young people. Not only is this a waste of talent but I believe that that it is also soul destroying for myself and our young people, as we have skilled young people with not only degrees and diplomas, but also talents and interests in different things working in jobs that leave them unfulfilled and disillusioned with society. Many of the full-time bartenders, cleaners, support workers and waiters that I know are young people that have postgraduate qualifications or skills that they can’t afford to use. This is not a lack of ambition but the very easy trap of having to take the jobs you can in order to keep paying rent and bills and not be unemployed, this quickly leads to being stuck in these jobs. The reason for this is that we cannot afford financially to work part-time, which would give many people the chance to gain experience in what they need in order to move into the line of work they trained for, or to take courses, retrain or just have the time to write applications or approach employers. Working long hours until late in the evening means very few people can keep up the drive to pursue careers that would give them fulfillment and use their talents. Additionally and probably most importantly, the wages that we earn often just manage to cover living costs such as rent, council tax, bills and student loan repayments, leaving insufficient funds spare to enable us to invest in taking an evening course or a college course, or even to save up to move out of this situation. For me personally, I feel I am working in order to allow myself to work some more and nothing more. I do not earn enough to save up money and thus work from pay cheque to pay cheque, I work to allow myself to keep living where i do and to keep working in a never ending cycle. This is something I find the majority of the people i know feel and what is more we feel angered that we have been made to feel grateful for being allowed to work and even having a job despite the fact that we are often overqualified for the positions. A basic income for everyone would alleviate much of the problems of young people recently out of university, college and apprenticeships or even people who wish to move careers or invest in themselves and give people the breathing space they need to be able to move into more fulfilling roles and change their lives. Many of the young people i know now feel let down by our society and undervalued, we are now angry at society for ‘being sold short’, I believe a basic income would sooth some of this anger and make us feel supported and valued. It would also give us the chance to have enough money to gain new qualifications or improve ourselves.
  • endorsed 2017-01-02 12:14:48 +0000
  • endorsed 2017-01-01 23:58:53 +0000
  • endorsed 2017-01-01 21:55:19 +0000
    Much more simpler to administer and no likely hood of any more frauds .

    Also empowers the receiver to use the funds to better one self with to secure more academic qualifications to secure better jobs
  • endorsed 2017-01-01 16:38:16 +0000
    I believe it to be a necessary solution to unemployment caused by increased automation
  • endorsed 2017-01-01 15:22:05 +0000
  • endorsed 2017-01-01 12:03:27 +0000
    Moving forward AI will replace more human workers and everyone should share in the income created. If unearned income is OK for the 1% then it is OK for everyone else.
  • endorsed 2017-01-01 11:55:07 +0000
    I believe in basic equality between humans.
  • endorsed 2017-01-01 11:41:50 +0000
    To permit all people to live without anxiety. To reduce fraud and the crime rate. People who have enough money to live on do not need to steal. To promote dignity and fulfillment to all members of society including the disabled and elderly to have an enjoyable life not consumed with financial worry. To boost our economy as people have sufficient moneyto soend to meet their needs. To create equality not the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’. To see the back of food banks!
  • endorsed 2016-12-31 20:10:33 +0000
  • endorsed 2016-12-31 15:15:42 +0000
    Get rid of the welfare trap
  • endorsed 2016-12-30 13:01:14 +0000
    To bring an end to poverty in the UK and give the means for a dignified life. Eliminate the waste that surrounds the current Benefits and Social Welfare systems. Many private Corporations make vast amounts of money through the commodification of the sick, disabled and unemployed. This makes no sense and merely lines the pockets of these corporations without delivering any value to our nation.
  • endorsed 2016-12-29 22:18:44 +0000
    I’ve just been learning about it – it seems the most ingenious and creative solution to the problems of poverty/the need for entrepreneurship in a world where automation is going to seriously reduce the number of jobs available.
  • endorsed 2016-12-29 14:03:21 +0000
  • endorsed 2016-12-29 10:08:36 +0000
    Much more efficient service than the current welfare system which would save money chasing benefit fraud. I also believe the majority of people would use this money for things such as property purchase, investments etc which would create economical growth.
  • endorsed 2016-12-28 08:10:30 +0000
  • posted about this on Facebook 2016-12-27 21:18:44 +0000
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  • endorsed 2016-12-27 21:16:31 +0000
  • endorsed 2016-12-27 20:18:20 +0000
    it is the obvious way forward and would make a huge step towards a more equal and just society
  • endorsed 2016-12-26 21:51:14 +0000
    As a Social Worker who works in Mental Health I believe that this kind of strong safety net will lower suicide rates and multiple anxiety disorders.
  • endorsed 2016-12-26 14:11:17 +0000
  • endorsed 2016-12-25 07:31:18 +0000
    Choice
  • endorsed 2016-12-24 20:25:24 +0000
    I believe that this is the way forward. It’s scandalous that so many are homeless and hungry in this day and age, a basic income will go some way to eliminate this. Also increased mechanisation of manual tasks will take more jobs away from the market.
  • posted about this on Facebook 2016-12-23 17:12:44 +0000
    I'm endorsing Basic Income UK's statement. Please join me! We have no choice, the Robots are taking our jobs!

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