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

chris Walton
Jon Henderson
Matt Francomb
Melanie Maclean
Emma Brown
Peter Sanders
James Sweeney
James William
sharon lawrence
Peter Bibby
Joseph Barker
Vincent Rowlatt
Steve D
Bevil Luck
Martin Lamb
John Cunnington
Laura Atkin
Alexander Walker
Ianthe Feeney
Joanne Chance
Bethany Atkinson
Katerina Fytatzi
Andy Powell
richard blay
Grant Jennings
Lotte van Buuren
Gerard Rolfe
1,435 endorsements
5,000 endorsements

Will you endorse?

  • chris Walton
    endorsed 2017-01-29 12:23:40 +0000
    This Basic Income policy is the basis for an evolved society, but what we have to understand is that the economic barriers that are in place are there, and always have been, to oppose such a clever strategy. IT’S OUR MONEY! The powers that be deal in fear and scarcity!!!
  • Jon Henderson
    endorsed 2017-01-29 12:21:35 +0000
    I firmly believe in supporting the citizens of any society financially to enable them to then care and support those in need rather than working full time for ones own requirements.
  • Matt Francomb
    endorsed 2017-01-29 12:02:53 +0000
    Because it seems so obviously the right thing to do.
  • Melanie Maclean
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-01-29 11:24:53 +0000
    I'm endorsing Basic Income UK's statement. Please join me!
  • Melanie Maclean
    endorsed 2017-01-29 11:24:10 +0000
    Having worked 50 hours plus week all my life in jobs I’ve not enjoyed just for the money – basic income would free me and I believe support a fairer, more caring society
  • Emma Brown
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-01-29 11:10:37 +0000
    I'm endorsing Basic Income UK's statement. Please join me!
  • Emma Brown
    endorsed 2017-01-29 11:06:29 +0000
  • Peter Sanders
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-01-29 10:55:51 +0000
    I'm endorsing Basic Income UK's statement. Please join me!
  • Peter Sanders
    endorsed 2017-01-29 10:55:27 +0000
  • James Sweeney
    endorsed 2017-01-29 10:54:24 +0000
    I support basic income simply because it is the moral thing to do, from a psychophysical point would lead better mental and physical Heath ,gives a challenge to globalisation and the rise of far right populism.
  • James William
    endorsed 2017-01-29 10:53:55 +0000
    A desire for a fairer society which enables the individual the freedom to contribute to the collective as best they see fit.
  • sharon lawrence
    endorsed 2017-01-29 10:53:32 +0000
    1/ we should all benefit from our collective wealth.

    2/an average full time job does not provide for a living. It is not possible to pay bills, mortgage, rent, food on an average wage, or ever buy a house. So people have become slaves if they have to always work, but cannot even get enough to live.

    3/ capitalism has us all working in mainly shit unnecessary jobs, producing stuff which is not necessary. If we were to cooperate and just make what is necessary and do what was needed, then not much work wood be needed anyway. And if people had the the time to relax , eat good food, instead of commercial food, and the means to live a healthy life, we would need very little of the national sickness service that we are now compelled to spend so much money on. Even spending all day sitting as so many do in there rubbish jobs, causes ill health.

    4/ we cannot use our talents and creativity under the current system
  • Peter Bibby
    endorsed 2017-01-29 10:49:17 +0000
  • Joseph Barker
    endorsed 2017-01-29 05:22:31 +0000
    I feel it would benefit the majority of people rather than the super rich
  • Vincent Rowlatt
    endorsed 2017-01-28 18:47:43 +0000
    Ten Reasons to Support Basic Income…It is for all the reasons you have outlined, a great idea; give everyone enough money for a decent life, I’m all for it but it will never happen.

    You are asking the slave masters to put down their whips. Those who have a vested interest in keeping the poor in their place with threats of destitution will never allow the population the freedom to ‘be who they are’, where’s the profit in that?

    You’ve got to earn your ‘crust’, toil through your life, struggle to make ends meet, keep up with the Jones’; you can’t just hand out free money to people, if you do that then what will happen to the ‘workshy’ the ‘feckless’ the ‘shirkers and the scroungers’ if everyone has a decent income, a society where no one worries about debt and poverty, who then can I wag my disapproving finger at?

    Work ethic is defined as a belief in labouring diligently (Work sets you free).

    It is a belief that is deeply entrenched in our society.

    An example of someone with work ethic is a person who gets to work on time every day and always works long days to get the job done.

    The population has been fed this line since the industrial revolution, those who, for whatever reason cannot or will not comply with this ‘belief’ are vilified.

    http://www.biographyonline.net/facts-about-the-industrial-revolution/

    How can this ‘belief’ apply to your own free leisure time?

    A basic income for all…permanent holiday pay and you can still go to work if you want to?

    No, sadly, it will never happen.
  • Steve D
    endorsed 2017-01-28 18:33:52 +0000
  • Bevil Luck
    endorsed 2017-01-27 13:30:03 +0000
  • Martin Lamb
    endorsed 2017-01-27 12:08:02 +0000
  • John Cunnington
    endorsed 2017-01-27 06:53:06 +0000
  • Laura Atkin
    endorsed 2017-01-27 04:27:10 +0000
    I have many personal reasons for supporting a basic income. My main reasons are as follows:


    1) To put an end to extreme financial poverty.

    2) To increase general health, wellbeing and job satisfaction.

    3) To reward those working in voluntary/unpaid roles and to ‘top-up’ the income of those working in Apprenticeship/Trainee roles.

    4) To contribute to less working hours, a better distribution of jobs and improved working conditions.

    5) To provide a more secure and substantial safety net for everyone and help to reduce inequalities.

    6) To abolish benefit fraud and provide more financial and employment freedom.


    After reading about the planned closure of 78 Job Centres across the UK, I have recently written a detailed post on my Public Facebook Page, discussing the reasons why I believe we need to replace our current benefit systems will a Universal Basic Income. If you are interested, you can find that my page (and that post) here: https://www.facebook.com/CllrLauraAtkin/
  • Alexander Walker
    endorsed 2017-01-26 18:39:22 +0000
    I believe this would give everyone the opportunity to work and make work pay
  • Ianthe Feeney
    endorsed 2017-01-26 07:26:10 +0000
    I don’t believe we should stigmatise people for needing benefits in order to manage to live. I believe it will help people to find work, look after their family and get their life organised if they have a basic income to start with. Also the state will save money in administration if they don’t have to pay people to do the demeaning jobs of chasing fraudulent claims and pursecuting people simply for needing some help. A basic income will help everyone in our society have a decent life by allowing them to live in dignity without having to beg the rest of society for a subsistence in order to feed their family.
  • Joanne Chance
    endorsed 2017-01-25 16:15:43 +0000
  • Bethany Atkinson
    endorsed 2017-01-25 15:19:55 +0000
    UBI is necessary now that there simply isn’t enough paid work for everyone that needs it. People should be free to retrain, volunteer and raise children.
  • Katerina Fytatzi
    endorsed via 2017-01-25 10:41:36 +0000
  • Andy Powell
    endorsed via 2017-01-25 08:49:54 +0000
  • richard blay
    endorsed 2017-01-24 23:31:01 +0000
    Just seems like a perfectly logical response to a rapidly shrinking job market, a punitive benefits system and an economy based entirely on infinite consumer growth when consumer wealth is actually depleting. Its a chance for workers to claw back some bargaining power at a time when they have none and an opportunity for those who actually want to better themselves to go out and achieve their goals. Anyone who can’t understand this is suffering from Stockholm Syndrome!
  • Grant Jennings
    endorsed 2017-01-24 10:52:30 +0000
    Security for everyone and further opportunities for people to invest in themselves.
  • Lotte van Buuren
    endorsed 2017-01-23 23:35:36 +0000
  • Gerard Rolfe
    endorsed 2017-01-23 15:51:51 +0000
    The alternative is too frightening to think about !

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