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 Barrington- Beale
Stewart McGill
Jul Brown
Sean Obrien
Luke Ellis
Bethany Turner
Edwin Dodd
Emily Hester
Matthew Fowles
micheal kelly
Gabriel Brown
Stephen Cripps
Sam Wareham
Kelly Bishop
David Johal
Ken Ohara
Chris Gilbertson
James Anderson
Simon Browne
Pam Bell
Matt Atkinson
Simon Cook
Celia Dixon
robert harper
John of Denbigh
1,611 endorsements
5,000 endorsements

Will you endorse?

  • Elizabeth Barrington- Beale
    endorsed 2016-12-06 19:45:34 +0000
    Because I think it is an absolute disgrace that my state pension was not forthcoming when I reached 60 and I have to wait more than five more years to receive it. UBI would make a huge difference to me and many others in my position for example.
  • Stewart McGill
    endorsed 2016-12-06 17:58:56 +0000
    We, and the generations that preceded us, all built the wealth that we enjoy. Time to share it fairly, the start of rebuilding our economy and society
  • Jul Brown
    endorsed 2016-12-06 00:05:51 +0000
  • Sean O'Brien
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-12-05 23:13:45 +0000
    I'm endorsing Universal Basic Income for all citizens of the United Kingdom. Please join me in supporting this fantastic idea!
  • Sean Obrien
    endorsed 2016-12-05 23:11:03 +0000
    It will eliminate poverty, reduce crime, allow people to have the freedom to follow their dreams, eliminate homelessness + a whole host of other fantastic benefits to society.


    It is the only way forward for capitalism in the 21st century.


    Capitalism will fail if a universal basic income is not implemented in the near future.
  • Luke Ellis
    endorsed 2016-12-05 18:58:09 +0000
    Having befriended and tried to help a number of people on benefits through unemployment or ill health, the biggest problems they have are when benefits are withheld due to bureaucracy, sickness note expiring etc. etc. Give everyone a basic income so they do not need to claim any benefit normally when unemployed or sick. It would be a huge confidence booster. It doesn’t even need to be a net cost – just eliminate the personal allowance and existing benefit (universal credit), and the cost will be covered by higher tax take.


    Also for people on low incomes, knowing that money they gain through work will just be taxed the same as everybody else is much better than tapering benefits at 60%+ giving them little incentive to work.
  • Bethany Turner
    endorsed 2016-12-05 15:56:02 +0000
    I support a basic income because I feel trapped in a job I do not enjoy and which is causing me tremendous stress, just to pay the bills. I would much rather do charitable work with animals or helping the LGBT community and have more time to work on my artistic projects, but the current economics of the UK do not allow this. With a basic income, I and everyone else would have an opportunity to live fuller, more meaningful, and more fulfilling lives.
  • Edwin Dodd
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-12-05 01:27:30 +0000
    I'm endorsing Basic Income UK's statement. Please join me!
  • Edwin Dodd
    @ecd14u tweeted link to this page. 2016-12-05 01:27:27 +0000
    I'm endorsing Basic Income UK's statement. Please join me! http://www.basicincome.org.uk/?recruiter_id=4486
  • Edwin Dodd
    endorsed 2016-12-05 01:26:59 +0000
  • Emily Hester
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-12-04 20:06:05 +0000
    I'm endorsing Basic Income UK's statement. Please join me!
  • Emily Hester
    endorsed 2016-12-04 20:05:39 +0000
    It would help everyone live without constant financial worries.
  • Matthew Fowles
    endorsed 2016-12-04 20:03:56 +0000
  • micheal kelly
    endorsed 2016-12-02 02:53:06 +0000
    We’re in a new age where everyone should have access to necessities for life
  • Gabriel Brown
    endorsed 2016-12-01 22:07:21 +0000
  • Stephen Cripps
    endorsed 2016-12-01 17:48:07 +0000
    Besides the obvious resolution to poverty in the UK Removing the need for work to survive provides three direct benefits:


    Employers will no longer have leverage over their staff and will be forced to treat them fairly and with dignity.

    Removal of cut-throat competition in the work force will dramatically decrease feelings of isolation, loss of control which lead to the alt-right Xenophobia and racism rising across the world.

    Automation will no longer receive a stigma as a livelihood destroyer, but a job emancipator.


    From this automation we remove the jobs which provide no fulfilment in life, causing untold mental health issues, and will free people to work on projects of passion. From art to engineering, we will be able to move the world towards a brighter future.
  • Sam Wareham
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-11-30 18:46:02 +0000
    Automation is coming. We need to start thinking about ways to cope with mass unemployment. Sign the thingymabob!
  • Sam Wareham
    endorsed 2016-11-30 18:44:03 +0000
  • Kelly Bishop
    endorsed 2016-11-29 14:17:45 +0000
    Jobs are being replaced by machines and robots, which is a positive, progressive step for our world, but people should not suffer because of advancements in technology. I believe we will be smarter, happier, more creative, better parents and society overall will benefit from everybody having the basic means to live. I believe that everyone deserves a safe place to live, clothes and food and these should not be a constant worry.
  • David Johal
    endorsed 2016-11-27 20:47:15 +0000
    Reduce poverty and rising homelessness.
  • Ken Ohara
    endorsed 2016-11-27 19:05:58 +0000
  • Chris Gilbertson
    endorsed 2016-11-27 18:51:02 +0000
    So many reasons… boils down to logic though. For me a universal basic income with some sensible tiering would cost a lot less than the immeasurably cumbersome benefits system. I could go on but my research leads me here and I’m not sure humanity has any choice but to move away from the “factory job" model anymore. Technology will make labour redundent soon enough. What will the uneducated majority do if there are no menial jobs going? Vote to leave planet earth? Elect the next Stalin? We have to start growing up soon… basic income is a solid, easy to implement first step towards our species becoming adult.
  • James Anderson
    endorsed 2016-11-26 23:37:56 +0000
    To give the poor the dignity that “trickle down capitalism” failed to. To provide people the safety net to plan long term in order to develop in any way required.
  • Simon Browne
    endorsed 2016-11-26 14:18:16 +0000
    AI and automation will take so many jobs, the current model will not be sustainable.
  • Pam Bell
    endorsed 2016-11-26 13:13:37 +0000
  • Matt Atkinson
    endorsed 2016-11-26 10:10:41 +0000
    Equality and freedom for everyone from shit work and shit pay.
  • Simon Cook
    endorsed 2016-11-25 15:48:41 +0000
  • Celia Dixon
    endorsed 2016-11-25 00:59:03 +0000
    I think that there will not be any jobs in a few years time with automated machines taking over many jobs. There will have to be a basic incomega or there will be social upheaval. I am 60 next year female and single. Also, without work. I have to sign on and it is a miserable experience. They have put up the female retirementioned age to sixty-six. I have a lot of hobbies with a
  • robert harper
    endorsed 2016-11-24 23:01:28 +0000
    I believe it’s the best option moving into the future. Automation will swallow a lot of manual work and there will be too many people for the jobs that are available. Plus it’s fairer than the current system.
  • John of Denbigh
    endorsed 2016-11-24 22:35:54 +0000
    I support UBI because the current Welfare/Benefits system is broken. It is predicated on demonisation (through the media) of the poor and disadvantaged and a “no” culture which relies on people having the drive and energy to appeal decision against a tide of bureaucracy. Most benefits could be scrapped in favour of UBI which would be cheaper to administer and would remove a great deal of fear and anxiety from the working population and address poverty.

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