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 2017-05-11 11:59:55 +0100
  • endorsed 2017-05-11 11:10:57 +0100
    The benefits system does not work. It’s outdated, rife with compliance issues and unequal. With Brexit the UK needs to quickly rethink how it raises the living standards for all citizens without any means or bias testing. It will kick-start the economy (people will invest, save, or spend), it will give people the freedom to make economic and social choices for themselves and their families not encumbered by financial constrains, it will stop local gov (and ultimately tax payers) wasting billions on the various welfare systems, schemes and axillary industries that rely on it. Remove council property and give people the right to own or rent at fair market rates. That will only come with a reform of the mortgage lending policies of banks (why are mortgages 35-40 years in the UK – why not 100 or 150 like in some countries. The banks wins (more interest over a longer term) and buyers win (lower monthly payments). UBI is a no-brainer on some many levels!
  • endorsed 2017-05-10 19:09:21 +0100
    Ensure stablity by providing basic facilitation of equal opportunity for everyone to thrive and explore their unique skills and talents.
  • endorsed 2017-05-10 01:01:16 +0100
    Protect society from increasing automation decimating many manual jobs. Also provide safety for those starting their own businesses or Pershing creative endeavours.
  • endorsed 2017-05-09 08:42:25 +0100
  • endorsed 2017-05-08 21:22:41 +0100
    Means testing is so expensive, a basic income would be far more cost-effective as well as eliminating the many cases of ‘miscarriage of justice’ that arise out of means testing.
  • endorsed 2017-05-08 17:18:51 +0100
    With increasing automation and AI technology developments within companies (i.e service, financial, manufacturing sector), I think going forward basic income is not only necessary but important. A basic income will empower and increase spending within a consumer based economy so not something to fear but to embrace.
  • endorsed 2017-05-08 02:49:07 +0100
  • endorsed 2017-05-07 21:34:22 +0100
    The current economy means that employers need to be flexible with their employment decisions – this may be necessary but it means the safety net which basic income would provide is essential.
  • endorsed 2017-05-07 20:45:55 +0100
  • endorsed 2017-05-06 20:53:28 +0100
    A basic income will help provide support for all members of society in an automated future.
  • endorsed 2017-05-05 13:57:31 +0100
    I believe this could be a way forward for everyone wanting to pursue their prospects without having to worry about costs and affordability of living and breathing.


    I am a full time supporter worker on a wage over approximately £1,100 £1,500 per month depending on how many extra shifts I take on. Once my bills come out of that I am left with about £25 £100 disposable income. I also have a partner out of work due to PTS and anxiety. He does not qualify for any benefits due to my income being enough to cover the both of us and our two cats apparently. We are in constant worry about money and finding it very difficult to manage just on my money alone. I am unable to save money or go on a trip away anywhere. I have to circulate the town and supermarkets for the cheapest priced items and groceries.


    I am luck in comparison to many. It is not just the unemployed who suffer today but workers like me who are just trying to live a happy independent life. It is a weekly struggle and worry trying to keep our heads above water.


    With a basic income, I could still carry out my job whilst supporting my partner through his condition. Take him away when he or I need to see some sunshine and relax. I could invest in my creative projects and so could my partner. Life would be a lot more bearable and breathable for people like us.


    I hope the Basic Income can become a reality. Life is passing us by and we among many are not able to engage fully in the great things life can offer. We are in our 30’s and feel like we are in our 70’s. Well at least those in their 70’s receive a pension. I hope I don’t have to wait until then to be able enjoy life. The will would be lost by then no doubt!


    These are my reasons to support a basic income. Thank you. Leanne
  • endorsed 2017-05-04 16:39:43 +0100
    It is needed to take many people back above the poverty line and to give security and freedom to the ill and disabled and to end child poverty and to help working people who can’t put food on the table and heat their homes!
  • endorsed 2017-05-04 15:10:58 +0100
  • endorsed 2017-05-04 15:09:26 +0100
  • endorsed 2017-05-04 14:08:50 +0100
  • endorsed 2017-05-04 10:47:22 +0100
  • endorsed 2017-05-03 12:06:30 +0100
  • endorsed 2017-05-02 21:48:21 +0100
    As our economy and jobs pool become ever more shallower, consumed with red tape and unsustainable for the ever-growing population of Britain, we need to make sure everyone has enough to live on. Automation and computers have rendered many jobs redundant over the decades and shall continue to do so. Continuous outsourcing to the third-world also means areas of the country are wastelands for employment. Few factories are left, let alone jobs in those factories. Long gone are the days when anyone could get a job.


    I am one of those unfortunate people who find it very hard even to find a local job and simply do not have the personality to be a ‘people person’, which every remaining job seems to require these days. It is hell for an introvert. If back-office jobs still existed, I could have had a career out of that. I could have worked facilities, caretaker or park ranger type jobs had they not required a driving licence, regardless on whether the role required it or not. I would much rather not have to go to the Jobcentre two or three times a month, with random appointment days and times, for months or years at a time and waste bus fares from my meagre Universal Credit going there and back endlessly. On UBI, I can look for local work at my own pace and not be beholden to anyone who could sanction me at the drop of a hat and ruin my life with starvation and homelessness. Unfortunately, Housing Benefit will still very much be necessary, given the insane rates that councils and landlords charge.


    If every citizen gets UBI, there cannot be a stigma for having it. Work will truly become voluntary for all. If you can get a job in this economic climate, more power to you. If people wish to opt-out of UBI, or opt back in, they can. Much of the money will be recycled into the system though growing consumer spending and VAT being claimed back by the government. It should also get employers to offer better wages or outsource what’s left once and for all.
  • endorsed 2017-05-02 16:37:31 +0100
    Three reasons.


    1) It will streamline a chaotic and convoluted benefits system into something so straight-forward that the future generations to come will wonder why we never did it in the first place.


    2) It’s the fairest way to deal with the growing rich-poor divide, ensure everone has a roof under their head as a basic human right, and stimulate an economy with entrepreneurship and growth as is desperately needed.


    3) UBI will cause deflation, not inflation. People arn’t going to go out and buy twenty bottles of milk just because they have a few extra hundred quid in their bank. They’re going to buy what they’ve always needed and invest what’s left in their future. That’s simply human nature.
  • endorsed 2017-05-01 18:38:20 +0100
  • endorsed 2017-05-01 13:34:49 +0100
    We need to move with the times. Many of our social issues are due to the gap becoming bigger.
  • endorsed 2017-04-28 23:56:26 +0100
  • endorsed 2017-04-28 16:31:38 +0100
    I learned about it at Uni in 1990s and I’ve been a fan ever since. " No holes in the safety net!"
  • endorsed 2017-04-27 21:29:25 +0100
  • endorsed 2017-04-27 20:09:53 +0100
    A universal Basic Income will take away the stigma attached to applying for benefits which require time spent completing a mass of forms which are then inspected, means tested and benefits reduced if points accumulated do not meet requisite targets required for each answer to questions provided.

    The Universal Basic Income will assist in redistribution and share of nation’s wealth so reducing poverty and putting money in people’s pockets which in turn will be put back into the country through consumer spending.

    The Universal Basic Income will also allow people to train or take part in worthwhile and valued jobs which serve the community as well as themselves rather than being trapped in employment which is not of value.

    A first step on the road to a reduced working week will follow as machines gradually take over most employment rolls and as a people we need to be ready for this time which is not so far in the future.
  • endorsed 2017-04-26 21:35:21 +0100
  • endorsed 2017-04-25 16:48:51 +0100
  • endorsed 2017-04-25 13:30:12 +0100
  • endorsed 2017-04-25 13:30:10 +0100

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