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

Stephen Cripps
Sam Wareham
Kelly Bishop
David Johal
Ken Ohara
Chris Gilbertson
James Anderson
Simon Browne
Pam Bell
Matt Atkinson
Simon Cook
Celia Dixon
robert harper
John of Denbigh
Yaman Wadhwani
Leonie Tancred
Chirag Gohil
Naomi Lehane
Jenny Cutts
Joanna Mutlow
bill thompson
Heather Monteith
Charles Thompson
Charlie Hobson
1,683 endorsements
5,000 endorsements

Will you endorse?

  • Stephen Cripps
    endorsed 2016-12-01 17:48:07 +0000
    Besides the obvious resolution to poverty in the UK Removing the need for work to survive provides three direct benefits:


    Employers will no longer have leverage over their staff and will be forced to treat them fairly and with dignity.

    Removal of cut-throat competition in the work force will dramatically decrease feelings of isolation, loss of control which lead to the alt-right Xenophobia and racism rising across the world.

    Automation will no longer receive a stigma as a livelihood destroyer, but a job emancipator.


    From this automation we remove the jobs which provide no fulfilment in life, causing untold mental health issues, and will free people to work on projects of passion. From art to engineering, we will be able to move the world towards a brighter future.
  • Sam Wareham
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-11-30 18:46:02 +0000
    Automation is coming. We need to start thinking about ways to cope with mass unemployment. Sign the thingymabob!
  • Sam Wareham
    endorsed 2016-11-30 18:44:03 +0000
  • Kelly Bishop
    endorsed 2016-11-29 14:17:45 +0000
    Jobs are being replaced by machines and robots, which is a positive, progressive step for our world, but people should not suffer because of advancements in technology. I believe we will be smarter, happier, more creative, better parents and society overall will benefit from everybody having the basic means to live. I believe that everyone deserves a safe place to live, clothes and food and these should not be a constant worry.
  • David Johal
    endorsed 2016-11-27 20:47:15 +0000
    Reduce poverty and rising homelessness.
  • Ken Ohara
    endorsed 2016-11-27 19:05:58 +0000
  • Chris Gilbertson
    endorsed 2016-11-27 18:51:02 +0000
    So many reasons… boils down to logic though. For me a universal basic income with some sensible tiering would cost a lot less than the immeasurably cumbersome benefits system. I could go on but my research leads me here and I’m not sure humanity has any choice but to move away from the “factory job" model anymore. Technology will make labour redundent soon enough. What will the uneducated majority do if there are no menial jobs going? Vote to leave planet earth? Elect the next Stalin? We have to start growing up soon… basic income is a solid, easy to implement first step towards our species becoming adult.
  • James Anderson
    endorsed 2016-11-26 23:37:56 +0000
    To give the poor the dignity that “trickle down capitalism” failed to. To provide people the safety net to plan long term in order to develop in any way required.
  • Simon Browne
    endorsed 2016-11-26 14:18:16 +0000
    AI and automation will take so many jobs, the current model will not be sustainable.
  • Pam Bell
    endorsed 2016-11-26 13:13:37 +0000
  • Matt Atkinson
    endorsed 2016-11-26 10:10:41 +0000
    Equality and freedom for everyone from shit work and shit pay.
  • Simon Cook
    endorsed 2016-11-25 15:48:41 +0000
  • Celia Dixon
    endorsed 2016-11-25 00:59:03 +0000
    I think that there will not be any jobs in a few years time with automated machines taking over many jobs. There will have to be a basic incomega or there will be social upheaval. I am 60 next year female and single. Also, without work. I have to sign on and it is a miserable experience. They have put up the female retirementioned age to sixty-six. I have a lot of hobbies with a
  • robert harper
    endorsed 2016-11-24 23:01:28 +0000
    I believe it’s the best option moving into the future. Automation will swallow a lot of manual work and there will be too many people for the jobs that are available. Plus it’s fairer than the current system.
  • John of Denbigh
    endorsed 2016-11-24 22:35:54 +0000
    I support UBI because the current Welfare/Benefits system is broken. It is predicated on demonisation (through the media) of the poor and disadvantaged and a “no” culture which relies on people having the drive and energy to appeal decision against a tide of bureaucracy. Most benefits could be scrapped in favour of UBI which would be cheaper to administer and would remove a great deal of fear and anxiety from the working population and address poverty.
  • Yaman Wadhwani
    endorsed 2016-11-24 14:05:58 +0000
  • Leonie Tancred
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-11-24 12:16:05 +0000
    I'm endorsing Basic Income UK's statement. Please join me!
  • Leonie Tancred
    @leonietancred tweeted link to this page. 2016-11-24 12:16:02 +0000
    I'm endorsing Basic Income UK's statement. Please join me! http://www.basicincome.org.uk/?recruiter_id=4424
  • Leonie Tancred
    endorsed 2016-11-24 12:12:53 +0000
    I have many reasons for supporting the basic income, but primarily I want to support a big idea that could help alleviate poverty and reduce inequality: by replacing a welfare system that punishes poor people for their lack of resources.
  • Chirag Gohil
    endorsed 2016-11-24 02:59:40 +0000
    A universal basic income allows everyone regardless if employed or not to pursue dreams and ambitions without having to worry too much if you need enough money to live comfortably and travel which benefits society all together & helps elimination anti social behavior plus encourages unity between people as people are no longer manipulated by lies which cause conflicts between different groups of people.
  • Naomi Lehane
    endorsed 2016-11-23 21:53:33 +0000
  • Jenny Cutts
    endorsed 2016-11-23 21:53:24 +0000
  • Joanna Mutlow
    endorsed 2016-11-23 21:40:46 +0000
    We need a major change to reduce inequality.
  • bill thompson
    endorsed 2016-11-23 17:10:20 +0000
    it is a sensible move towards a sustainable democracy
  • Heather Monteith
    endorsed 2016-11-22 19:29:56 +0000
    I think it is a powerful and workable idea I’d like to see implemented
  • Charles Thompson
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-11-21 15:18:33 +0000
    I'm endorsing Basic Income UK's statement. Please join me!
  • Charles Thompson
    @takecon tweeted link to this page. 2016-11-21 15:18:29 +0000
    I'm endorsing Basic Income UK's statement. Please join me! http://www.basicincome.org.uk/?recruiter_id=4405
  • Charles Thompson
    endorsed 2016-11-21 15:17:51 +0000
    I believe the current work model is increasing not meeting the needs of people & employers. Millions working for low wages subsidised by tax credits etc Many with no work due to the lack of jobs, ill health etc who survive on very basic social security payments. This situation will only get worse as millions of jobs are lost due to mechanisation, robots etc etc We need new radical thinking!!!!
  • Charlie Hobson
    endorsed 2016-11-20 14:51:00 +0000
    I believe there is a rumble of revolution and UBI is the way forwards to a fairer, more equal, possibly greener credentials, and spiritually happy and content population no longer chasing fame and greed but finding more socially enhancing activities to spend our equal and valuable life gift of time.
  • tracey cowan
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-11-20 12:23:17 +0000
    I'm endorsing Basic Income UK's statement. Please join me!

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