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

Emma Rapier
Andrew Dickie
Linda Mitchell
Isabella Davis
Isabella Davis
Linda Roberts
Kate Whaley
Martyn Winters
Gary Litchfield
Paul Cohen
Yijun Xiao
Lynne Reid Banks
Zayda Kebede
Kenneth Hawes
Sarah Tanner
Jo Burgoyne
Yaoyong Li
David Ross
Diana Basterfield
Alastair Banton
Hannah Reeves
Louisa Burnand
Lucy Fyson
Richard Carmichael
Rebecca Cockerill
Daniel Gibb
Craig Collins
1,936 endorsements
5,000 endorsements

Will you endorse?

  • Emma Rapier
    endorsed 2017-03-18 21:20:56 +0000
  • Andrew Dickie
    endorsed via 2017-03-18 20:58:05 +0000
  • Linda Mitchell
    endorsed via 2017-03-18 20:37:14 +0000
    I believe a basic income would benefit the majority and save ever increasing and expensive bureaucracy. Some people have no income to call their own. My son enjoyed the small safety net that was universal child benefit, something I didn’t have as an only child growing up. I’d like to see everyone have a small safety net, regardless of how their situation appears to others.
  • Isabella Davis
    endorsed via 2017-03-18 20:25:54 +0000
    I do believe that a basic income is necessary for one to survive.
  • Isabella Davis
    endorsed via 2017-03-18 20:22:02 +0000
    I do believe that a basic income is necessary for one to survive.
  • Linda Roberts
    endorsed via 2017-03-18 19:58:46 +0000
    Our benefits system is outdated, unfair.and penalises the weakest. A basic income would give people back their dignity and pride, reduce poverty and allow everyone to meet their basic needs. I do not believe it will turn us into a nation of non workers but it will encourage individuals to start new enterprises and more people will be able to survive by working part time and be happier for it.
  • Kate Whaley
    endorsed 2017-03-18 19:53:23 +0000
    UBI will solve many of the problems the UK faces in one fell swoop. Be it pressure on our NHS or CJS, a difficult (near impossible) to administer benefit system, unaffordable further education systems, unemployment, increasingly automated industry, child poverty, working poor or a stifled economy. It is the only way forward as our world changes that makes any sense.
  • Martyn Winters
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-03-18 19:41:11 +0000
    I'm endorsing Basic Income UK's statement. Please join me!
  • Martyn Winters
    @nowcitynews tweeted link to this page. 2017-03-18 19:41:07 +0000
    I'm endorsing Basic Income UK's statement. Please join me! http://www.basicincome.org.uk/?recruiter_id=5122
  • Martyn Winters
    endorsed via 2017-03-18 19:39:56 +0000
  • Gary Litchfield
    endorsed 2017-03-18 19:30:57 +0000
    The world’s changing, whether it’s automation, the economy or climate change things are going to change… UBI will give people a degree of stability as their world changes around them
  • Paul Cohen
    endorsed 2017-03-18 18:35:59 +0000
    Emancipation of the People. Second chance for many who don’t have capital to start with, to invest in their lives.
  • Yijun Xiao
    endorsed via 2017-03-18 12:10:35 +0000
    current UK benefit system isn’t working
  • Lynne Reid Banks
    endorsed 2017-03-17 20:22:53 +0000
    I’ve read about basic income and it seems to answer a lot of basic problems. I’m a socialist and I believe everyone has the fundamental human right not to live in poverty, which saps energy and creates bitterness and leads to crime and poor health. If we all ‘start equal’ it could lead to a huge improvement in a great many fields – I like the phrase ‘collective well-being’.
  • Zayda Kebede
    endorsed 2017-03-17 19:11:33 +0000
    It’s just so obvious. Financial security frees people up to LIVE instead of just survive, and just survive with all the worry that not having enough money to pay the bills causes. I have read of the experiments in Canada (shelved due to change in government) which showed people fulfilling their potential, reducing mental and physical sickness, and read of the organisation GiveDirectly which finances people in Africa who with very little money given to them turn that money into education or a business. It does NOT make people lazy.
  • Kenneth Hawes
    endorsed 2017-03-17 15:45:52 +0000
    I am a carer for my mum and sister, would help me manage
  • Sarah Tanner
    endorsed 2017-03-14 14:07:53 +0000
  • Jo Burgoyne
    endorsed 2017-03-13 23:27:42 +0000
    Yet again I’m possibly facing redundancy. As a single person with no dependent children I can’t claim any benefits, UBI would help keep me afloat and take away a lot of stress.

    Please, please bring this in.
  • Yaoyong Li
    endorsed 2017-03-13 16:32:39 +0000
    A basic income will enable me to do what I want to do instead of what I have to do as currently.
  • David Ross
    endorsed 2017-03-13 13:31:41 +0000
    I see a future of a society based upon excellence rather than survival
  • Diana Basterfield
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-03-12 16:49:08 +0000
    I'm endorsing Basic Income UK's statement. Please join me!
  • Diana Basterfield
    endorsed 2017-03-12 16:48:13 +0000
    I’ve just read “Utopia for Realists and how we can get there” by Rutger Bregman and it makes perfect sense.
  • Alastair Banton
    endorsed 2017-03-12 13:33:26 +0000
  • Hannah Reeves
    endorsed 2017-03-11 23:06:41 +0000
  • Louisa Burnand
    endorsed 2017-03-11 19:59:52 +0000
  • Lucy Fyson
    endorsed 2017-03-11 15:17:06 +0000
  • Richard Carmichael
    endorsed 2017-03-10 17:04:05 +0000
    UBI would allow many people to escape from the anxiety, behavioural lock-in, compromised life choices and low wellbeing of being in survival mode. Society would function with greater efficiency, fairness and opportunities for self-fulfilment. Better mental and physical health and reduced costs of trying to deal with these after it’s too late. Governments should trust its citizens to make sound, responsible choices about how to live their own lives and adequately resource them instead of trying to second guess what people want and need.
  • Rebecca Cockerill
    endorsed 2017-03-09 14:09:15 +0000
  • Daniel Gibb
    endorsed 2017-03-09 02:00:09 +0000
    Because it would save money from bureaucracy, less pressure on NHS (depression medication, better food etc), inspire growth of small businesses, self employment and craft based economy, eliminate poverty, allows for further automation therefore reducing expenses, inspire spending of time and money on culture and arts, reduction in crime, improve literacy rates, and life expectancy potentially, improve standard of education because people have time to invest in helping their children, or enabling students at university to not have to work which as a knock on effect provides more jobs to others,
  • Craig Collins
    endorsed 2017-03-08 21:57:01 +0000

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