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

Elizabeth Smith
Frederick Gamble
Eddie King
Evelyn Buckley
Erica Thomas
Marie Powell
Gabrielle Stubbs
Shena Deuchars
Jacob Marshall
Michelle Tolfrey
Kim Bould
Lukas Cowey
Helen Anderson
Nassim Harchaoui
Russell Groves
Petru Andrei Dumitrache
Joshua Williams
Ben Foster
jacob Walker
Jade Hicks
Matthew Wyld
Dan Annon
Trevor Allett
Jaque Durrant
Susan Myles
Diane Stapley
Gary Brown
Matthew Kidd
John Payne
1,646 endorsements
5,000 endorsements

Will you endorse?

  • Elizabeth Smith
    endorsed 2018-08-03 08:43:18 +0100
  • Frederick Gamble
    endorsed 2018-08-02 18:03:53 +0100
    Fed up with being poor and stressed on a low income.
  • Eddie King
    endorsed 2018-08-02 16:50:47 +0100
  • Evelyn Buckley
    endorsed 2018-08-02 16:23:03 +0100
    Fairer distribution of wealth
  • Erica Thomas
    endorsed 2018-08-02 14:30:29 +0100
  • Marie Powell
    endorsed 2018-08-02 11:07:35 +0100
    This scheme would distribute welfare funds evenly and fairly, allowing hard workers to reduce hours and enjoy better quality of life, thereby creating more jobs to fill those hours. The extra money in people’s pockets could stimulate the economy by encouraging spending and reducing debt. The unemployed would have work opened up to them with the opportunity to take up education or start a business and the flexibility to take the hours appropriate to their circumstances rather than have to commit to full time work, which can be difficult for parents, carers or those with health problems. The even distribution of wealth would offer a safety net to all and avoid absolute poverty faced by many in the current climate. It could reduce crime and give confidence to people to seek out success.
  • Gabrielle Stubbs
    endorsed 2018-08-02 10:32:41 +0100
    Universal credit system causes hardship to 20% claimants per Sky TV news , have also read on line that Universal Credit is costly and is unfit for purpose . In next 10 years or so, majority of jobs will be lost to automation . Arrangements for a basic living amount need to made , now , to avoid mass poverty and all associated problems like crime/thefts – and loss of hope leading to mental health deterioration ( depression and so on).
  • Shena Deuchars
    endorsed 2018-08-02 08:11:56 +0100
    UBI makes it possible for all citizens to contribute positively to society.
  • Jacob Marshall
    @thatjakelad tweeted link to this page. 2018-08-01 22:50:02 +0100
    I'm endorsing Basic Income UK's statement. Please join me! https://www.basicincome.org.uk/?recruiter_id=9193
  • Jacob Marshall
    endorsed 2018-08-01 22:49:46 +0100
    I find it disgusting that any British citizen in 2018 is living in poverty. A Basic Income is an investment, as ending poverty benefits all of society.
  • Michelle Tolfrey
    endorsed 2018-08-01 22:24:04 +0100
    Everyone should have the ability to make the best of themselves. Under the current benefits system, this is virtually impossible to do. A universal basic income makes this idea more of a reality.
  • Kim Bould
    endorsed 2018-08-01 13:39:54 +0100
    We need to end poverty in the UK and give people freedom to grow
  • Lukas Cowey
    endorsed 2018-08-01 07:53:59 +0100
    To give everyone in society a fair chance to pursue happiness
  • Helen Anderson
    endorsed 2018-07-31 11:17:22 +0100
    To cut out all those complicated forms and admin that make it so difficult for anyone to claim benefits. The current benefits system needs to be demolished completely, and hopefully this can be a way forward.
  • Nassim Harchaoui
    endorsed 2018-07-31 02:24:47 +0100
    I have had basic income in my home country when I first arrived after coming back and couple years later now I run my own business. I feel after living in the UK for more than 15 years and having been scholarised in the UK, I feel poverty is a real problem in the UK where many prefer shut their eyes on this aspect knowing that at a time i didn’t even have enough money to pay my bus fare to travel to college .

    If we start by giving everyone an equal chance in life I am sure a great place like the UK could find it in its social system to provide for those in need an outstanding social welfare like their overseas neighbours
  • Russell Groves
    endorsed 2018-07-30 16:52:07 +0100
    Basic income gives everyone the opportunity to make a life for themselves. A couple of hundred years ago the slave trade was abolished and we now look back and see that the trade was heading towards an inevitable demise. I see Basic Income as the next inevitable advancement in the human story, benefiting individuals, industry and governments alike. It is the natural response to our new world. I fully endorse this and wish to help nudge the process along in any small way I can.
  • Petru Andrei Dumitrache
    endorsed 2018-07-30 02:48:03 +0100
    True freedom
  • Joshua Williams
    endorsed 2018-07-29 19:35:05 +0100
  • Ben Foster
    endorsed 2018-07-27 18:05:31 +0100
    It is a brilliant idea overall and has lots more benefits than negatives
  • jacob Walker
    endorsed 2018-07-27 10:39:16 +0100
    As I work for the DWP I have witnessed first hand that the existing welfare system is much too complicated and could be simplified using UBI.
  • Jade Hicks
    endorsed 2018-07-25 22:29:25 +0100
    It makes complete sense to me and would go so far to wipe out poverty. It would give control over our own lives back to the people not to the elite, life would be easier for those disadvantaged purely by birth and societies failings. It is the first step to a fairer world.
  • Matthew Wyld
    endorsed 2018-07-25 18:53:10 +0100
  • Dan Annon
    endorsed 2018-07-25 13:00:02 +0100
    I propose a UBI equivelant to 15k per year for adults, around 6k for students and 3.6k for children. With current population this would cost rounded up 780bn. I would however set up a type of electronic currency which this ubi is paid into which can only be used electronically in order to keep tabs on it and to ensure its not funding addiction or crime. With this you could then make it tax free to use your ubi for housing, basic groceries etc.



    To fund this i would propose we get rid of the tax free earning allowance and increase tax by 50% (so 30% paye etc) on all earnings above ubi and soending outside of the tax free essentials. This would more than cover a ubi (1.3 trn income) whilst making more income (500bn) to spend on public services, defence, infastructure etc and if as hoped this system increases productivity then there would be even more cash to pay off public debt and invest in ourselves.



    I would also suggest reform to education making uni mandatory and changing most perks of turning 18 to 21 in line with qualifying for full ubi amd completing education, also maybe a year of civic duty, be it police, fire, military or helping in the community to qualify with an emphasis on civic duty and what you get in return for being a valued member of society i.e the ubi.
  • Trevor Allett
    endorsed 2018-07-25 09:59:02 +0100
    Redistribution of wealth needed; job market “made up”… Opt out if you want.
  • Jaque Durrant
    endorsed 2018-07-24 23:41:53 +0100
    Simplifying the benefits system, allow people to escape the poverty line, and encourage the creative arts to thrive without the concern of basic survival.
  • Susan Myles
    endorsed 2018-07-24 21:31:23 +0100
    Having just lost my job and going onto benefits for the first time in 54 years, I have found it very difficult just to pay my basic bills. I rarely have money left for food so my sons are having to help me out EVERY month. Not a position I ever thought I would be in.
  • Diane Stapley
    endorsed 2018-07-24 20:51:20 +0100
  • Gary Brown
    endorsed 2018-07-24 20:48:34 +0100
  • Matthew Kidd
    endorsed 2018-07-24 18:07:07 +0100
  • John Payne
    endorsed 2018-07-24 17:33:28 +0100
    This idea could reduce poverty, reduce the need people feel to commit crime, close the gap between the richest and the poorest, more opportunities for mental wellbeing, the list is endless.

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