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.

 

Who's endorsing

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  • endorsed 2017-07-26 08:30:29 +0100
    I believe it is economically viable. Consolidating most benefits into one single Universal Benefit instead of what we have and the physiological effect benefits imbues, creates a separate class. It won’t replace disability benefit of course. Not only that but it would improve the lives of young people dramatically as not only will they be able to move anywhere in the UK as soon as they are entitled to UI but it means people could spend time being unemployed to work on what they want or just relax as long as they are willing to live in a simple rented flat. As someone who has been unemployed it isn’t the fun party people think it is. Having nothing to do is dank and depressing. However, young people need to be encouraged to do work they enjoy. If schools continue to make work seem like a punishment for being alive there is a risk that a fraction of young people may become segregated and not want to work. Work should be encouraged, not discouraged. Not only that, they should be encouraged to come up with new businesses and create new jobs and industries of their own giving them an obvious choice to want to work, not mindlessly conform to a drudging life of working in a rat race. It’s about an emergent society, not established as the state is constantly out of date, This would make society adaptive, organic and therefore natural not artificial.
  • endorsed 2017-07-25 13:55:37 +0100
    There is not enough work for everyone to have a job, especially a job that has meaning and enhances life. Too many people are stuck in work that underpays and over-works, lining the pockets of employers and corporations that are all too often practicing unethical and immoral methods in the production of unnecessary goods – clothing manufacturers in countries such as Bangladesh; Coca cola, Macdonalds – we do not need their crap clothes, crap food and sugary drinks which diminish life expectancy and create unbearable working conditions (Sports Direct etc). Universal Basic Income would free people to do things they find meaningful, which would ultimately create a better community and society for everyone.
  • endorsed 2017-07-24 23:39:44 +0100
  • posted about this on Facebook 2017-07-21 15:10:07 +0100
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  • endorsed 2017-07-21 15:09:19 +0100
    Basic income will be great benefit in South Korea. Always, One of the terrible issue is an unemployment and include all the same about like that. So, I support Basic Income. If you watching my facebook you can see my movement for basic income in Korea.
  • MyCommunityBank endorsed 2017-07-21 08:51:55 +0100
    No man can be truly free if he has to degrade himself by doing meaningless tasks just to afford basic shelter and food. UBI would unleash an incredible pool of creativity, speed up automation and create a fairer and more equal society.
  • endorsed 2017-07-21 08:50:13 +0100
    To ensure a decent existence for everyone
  • endorsed 2017-07-20 21:53:23 +0100
    Because of poverty and poor people being stigmatized it has caused much depression and many other problems in our society. Something has to change and change fast
  • endorsed 2017-07-20 13:40:39 +0100
    We’re living in an antiquated past . The average level of intellect in the UK is rock bottom in comparison to alternate countries. In time they’ll wipe us out, creating commodities of us all as our psychological preferences are held in a database and our behavioral traits played against us. The old, cannot find time to wage intellectual war with machine and the youth are compartmentalized within schools that are behind due to the poor educational decisions made by our government. We are a laughing stock where as we should be the ones laughing we’re either slaving for pittance or stealing it from the next man in exchange for worthlessness broadcasted through our media channels. The frustration caused through poverty is what causes one to side with themselves versus a functioning society, this then as we’ve seen leads to crimes far worse than pity terrorism. Crimes that effect the human mind and dissolve UK’s infrastructure which is being rapidly pummeled by machines built to compute faster than we can as our brain cells have depleted through the stress of what we’re put under in order to trade our moral standards for a monthly wage. Universal income will drive up intelligence to the point we don’t live in fear of technology but instead carefully utilize it to do as we’ve always done, protect ourselves and our young. The main problem here is that we were kind enough to believe in a balanced society but with such disparity among the divisibility caused by over construction has left our country a polluted mess of people trapped in pidgeonholes dying of heart disease because they have no platform in which to exercise their bodies or their minds, so literal human breakdown caused because of a poor original idea that needs to be abolished for something more realistic. UK exists in a past, the world is passing us by because our smartest aren’t given the chance to flourish in a world that doesn’t respect their individualities and serves us as food to vultures as a cheap packaged meal and for what?


    Introduce universal income, evolution will no longer be stunted. UK will turn back into a royal rose garden.

    Opposed to a derelict slum the smart leave behind after they’re given the opportunity to abuse the poor.
  • endorsed 2017-07-20 00:13:45 +0100
  • endorsed 2017-07-19 20:49:37 +0100
    The basic income is about social rather than fiscal worth

    And can be used as a way to prevent the “tragedy of the commons”
  • endorsed 2017-07-19 18:26:49 +0100
    A basic income for all, to bring our communities together, for all to live with increased peace and well-being.
  • endorsed 2017-07-19 06:51:54 +0100
    I think the current benefits system is unwieldy and stops people from getting into work. Also it penalises people for doing a few variable hours. Time for change
  • posted about this on Facebook 2017-07-17 15:56:28 +0100
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  • @PaulMcGee01 tweeted link to this page. 2017-07-17 15:56:25 +0100
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  • endorsed via 2017-07-17 15:55:26 +0100
    It’s transformational. It works and it’s time!
  • Reservoir studios endorsed via 2017-07-17 12:13:20 +0100
  • endorsed via 2017-07-17 11:26:13 +0100
  • endorsed 2017-07-17 11:11:25 +0100
    I endorse Basic Income as a means to ensure that all humans going forward have sufficient economic security to allow them the freedom and dignity to pursue their own interests.


    As we enter an age of increasing automation, Basic Income will ensure that all people can remain active participants and citizens in society. We measure progress in any society not solely through pointing to the exploits of a minority of successful individuals, but by raising the floor for all, guaranteeing that no longer can any individual fall through the cracks of society. A Basic Income would go a long way to making this vision possible.
  • endorsed 2017-07-14 21:32:56 +0100
    Because I believe it is the way forward for many many people.
  • endorsed 2017-07-14 21:28:53 +0100
    I have been told my mental illness isn;t serious enough for ESA.

    But not only that, the entire way the jobcentre and the DWP conducts these health assessments and put pressure on people to find jobs is barbaric.

    This will free up the pressure and the problems.
  • endorsed 2017-07-14 15:09:22 +0100
    It would give everyone freedom from the stress of financial worry, allow the disabled and unemployed the human dignity which is their human right, and allow people to pursue meaningful work which benefits society (such as volunteering, activism, environmental work, care for children) as opposed to overwhelmingly bullshit jobs which destroy the environment and benefit the already-wealthy. In addition, everyone would have the financial wherewithal to pursue education and training and develop themselves without worrying about finance. Companies would also be forced to improve workplace standards and pay in order to attract and retain employees, and would be less able to abuse staff as all staff would be freely able to leave.
  • endorsed 2017-07-13 20:56:53 +0100
  • endorsed 2017-07-12 19:40:24 +0100
    Great idea, gives everybody a base on which they can build their lives. Would also be great if those who don’t need the money could choose how their allocation is spent. For example they could choose healthcare, education, state pension etc.
  • endorsed 2017-07-12 11:29:18 +0100
    In the fifth richest country in the world we should refuse to accept poverty. Basic Income gives everyone the freedom to pursue a life suited to themselves. It does away with the restrictions of the failing Neo Liberalist Economic system and ensures that all citizens are taken care of
  • endorsed 2017-07-12 00:31:24 +0100
    I believe it will solve poverty and relieve the stress of the world by allowing everyone to be treated equally and equally express themselves and contribute to society in the way they can do best. I believe we will solve our global problems much faster. A universal income is a dignified way of bringing people together to create a better future.
  • endorsed 2017-07-11 17:12:46 +0100
    It’s a bloody good idea
  • endorsed 2017-07-10 22:21:43 +0100
    This is necessary – our benefits system is totally broken – & it is time we had dignity if out of work
  • endorsed 2017-07-10 15:27:14 +0100
    To end poverty and empower all.
  • endorsed 2017-07-10 14:36:32 +0100
    Past experiences with the welfare system.

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