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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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  • 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
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  • @KingSidney85 tweeted link to this page. 2017-01-10 06:26:19 +0000
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  • endorsed 2017-01-10 06:25:27 +0000
  • posted about this on Facebook 2017-01-09 14:59:06 +0000
    What a thought provoking and genuinely philanthropic idea. I'm endorsing Basic Income UK's statement. Please join me!
  • endorsed 2017-01-09 14:56:06 +0000
    Current systems of welfare are excessively cumbersome and often not fit for those that need them most – or available to those who have “paid in” and now find themselves in need of support. BI offers the incentive for everyone to develop and/or earn to their potential and work/life balance rather than being caught in a wages trap. It also offers a fairer system for sufferers of long term illness (Fybromyalgia, MS, etc) or their carers, who struggle to work to support themselves amid a myriad of requirements to demonstrate that they should receive support for their conditions. Bravo – I hope the theory survives the practice! We should at the very least give it full consideration.
  • endorsed 2017-01-09 11:39:11 +0000
    I am interested to see this explored before it is dismissed out of hand. Something has to change in our society to ensure that people do not get trapped in poverty whilst the rich enjoy runaway capitalism.
  • endorsed via 2017-01-09 08:42:21 +0000
  • endorsed 2017-01-08 20:45:18 +0000
  • endorsed 2017-01-08 17:08:08 +0000
    We have to do something to make our society more equal because the consequences of not doing it will ultimately lead to disaster.
  • endorsed 2017-01-08 17:03:23 +0000
  • @kevinpickles200 tweeted link to this page. 2017-01-08 16:57:53 +0000
    I'm endorsing Basic Income UK's statement. Please join me! http://www.basicincome.org.uk/?recruiter_id=4703
  • endorsed 2017-01-08 16:57:07 +0000
    This is something I’ve always wanted but simply didn’t think would ever happen. We, the public, would be free of basic concerns and able to make the world a better place by improving our communities, learning new skills, creating art, caring for the elderly, raising our children and everybody could stop rushing all day and just smell the roses.
  • posted about this on Facebook 2017-01-08 16:35:58 +0000
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  • @j1n3l0 tweeted link to this page. 2017-01-08 16:35:56 +0000
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  • endorsed 2017-01-08 16:31:26 +0000
    if done right could emphasise the jobs that are actually required in society (teaching for example) whilst also encourage people to go into jobs they actually enjoy

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