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

Artemis S
Eunice Rigas
Jack Oughton
Kerry Barnett
David Dewhurst
Sean M
Ben Prince
Dario Figueira
Tracey Payne
Rob White
Joan Lawson
Molly Tibbles
Thomas Mackintosh
Alex Heldth
Gerard Donaghy
David Newman
David Newman
Sam Scharf
Mary Hofman
Jonti Pajwani
Barbra Mcgrath
Sharon Delaport
Dan Cushnie
Ant Henson
David Wilkins
Matthew McKenna
Alexander Karran
Jane Winter
Warren Brown
1,936 endorsements
5,000 endorsements

Will you endorse?

  • Artemis S
    endorsed 2017-05-04 15:10:58 +0100
  • Eunice Rigas
    endorsed 2017-05-04 15:09:26 +0100
  • Jack Oughton
    endorsed 2017-05-04 14:08:50 +0100
  • Kerry Barnett
    endorsed 2017-05-04 10:47:22 +0100
  • David Dewhurst
    endorsed 2017-05-03 12:06:30 +0100
  • Sean M
    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.
  • Ben Prince
    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.
  • Dario Figueira
    endorsed 2017-05-01 18:38:20 +0100
  • Tracey Payne
    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.
  • Rob White
    endorsed 2017-04-28 23:56:26 +0100
  • Joan Lawson
    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!"
  • Molly Tibbles
    endorsed 2017-04-27 21:29:25 +0100
  • Thomas Mackintosh
    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.
  • Alex Heldth
    endorsed 2017-04-26 21:35:21 +0100
  • Gerard Donaghy
    endorsed 2017-04-25 16:48:51 +0100
  • David Newman
    endorsed 2017-04-25 13:30:12 +0100
  • David Newman
    endorsed 2017-04-25 13:30:10 +0100
  • Sam Scharf
    endorsed 2017-04-25 08:22:42 +0100
    Working directly with those on low incomes and no incomes it is becoming increasingly clear that much of what we do by way of ‘support’ is providing work for a few but not addressing the issue that indivudals and families just need unrestricted money and do not have to go to multiple organisations for bits and pieces. Something to provide that first cushion for all is critical and may also increase more philanthropy from those that do not require this income.
  • Mary Hofman
    endorsed 2017-04-24 22:05:22 +0100
    The most sensible way to end poverty and stop benefit trap.
  • Jonti Pajwani
    endorsed 2017-04-24 12:51:29 +0100
    To give greater support to entrepreneurially-minded people to found their own businesses. Currently, a big stumbling-block is a lack of assets or stability within the first couple of years. With a UBI, I believe the enhanced security will provide a base from which our economy can best support small and fast-growing enterprises.
  • Barbra Mcgrath
    endorsed 2017-04-24 11:08:12 +0100
  • Sharon Delaport
    endorsed 2017-04-23 13:54:26 +0100
  • Dan Cushnie
    endorsed 2017-04-20 19:35:36 +0100
  • Ant Henson
    endorsed 2017-04-19 22:25:06 +0100
    Now, not only is physical work being automated, but complex mental and creative work too. Many (if not most) humans will not be able to compete. Technological unemployment is coming. Basic income is the way to de-link the right to exist from paid employment. Humans value, and have always valued, many things over economic productivity. Social pleasures, aesthetic pleasures, artistic achievements, scientific, geographical and historical discovery, volunteering and other forms of caring have always been more respected and appreciated than blunt financial wealth. Basic income will help us re-balance society to give more weight to these facets of human achievement once more.
  • David Wilkins
    endorsed 2017-04-18 06:16:26 +0100
    It is a step in eliminating the need to ‘earn a living’
  • Matthew McKenna
    endorsed via 2017-04-17 19:38:06 +0100
    It is the next step in creating a truly civilised society. It is the only way to ensure that individuals have the autonomy to make real choices and that the economy serves human values. Without it, we have an economy that is driven by fear, and the destructive results are all around us.
  • Alexander Karran
    endorsed via 2017-04-17 18:44:37 +0100
  • Jane Winter
    endorsed 2017-04-17 18:00:55 +0100
  • Kaylee Brown
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-04-17 17:56:17 +0100
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  • Warren Brown
    endorsed 2017-04-17 17:55:45 +0100
    As computer technology becomes exponentially more sophisticated and automation becomes ubiquitous UBI is a necessity. It’s the only way to guarantee a fair and meritorious society.

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