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

Godfred Frimpong
Jernej Bukovec
Gordon McDonald
Robert Mumford
Shaun McDonald
Susi McDonald
Joyce Ireson
David Willcocks
Rory Mcmullan
Emmerson Walgrove Bradford & District Disabled People's Forum (BDPF)
Richard Spray
Christopher Hubley
Alessandra Ferrari
Phil Edwards
Rowan Bridgwood
Matt Lamb
ciaran cunningham
Katy Pilkington
Martin King
Sarah Mchugh
Nikki Dancey
Kerry Barnett
Ajr Wilde
richard william hands
Bill Morris
1,646 endorsements
5,000 endorsements

Will you endorse?

  • Godfred Frimpong
    @kfrem tweeted link to this page. 2016-10-28 14:13:22 +0100
    I'm endorsing Basic Income UK's statement. Please join me! http://www.basicincome.org.uk/?recruiter_id=4287
  • Godfred Frimpong
    endorsed 2016-10-28 14:09:41 +0100
    It is very simple, it is a sensible economic thing to do, it is good for the rich who have businesses because for the first time every citizen will be able to exercise their purchasing power on goods and services. This will increase production; it is likely to increase employment but employment with a wage better than basic income otherwise no one will do it.

    It is good for the poor in fact less so than it is to business owners. But this is another subject for another day

    The biggest of all advantages for me is for everyone (may be not everyone but majority of people) to practice their vocation as first choice before job unless job decides to pay well.

    One can only imagine if we all put our vocation into practice, the kind of productivity we will achieve for the betterment of mankind. Everyone has got some sort of genius in them, that is how God created us. People are not as hopeless as we most of the time assume is the case. It is the policy decisions taken in the past and present that has socially engineered the hopelessness of some people. There is a way out and that way is UBI but folks make no mistake, UBI idea has existed since “Adam”, there is a reason why the mainstream media and politicians don’t talk about it and I can assure you that reason is not for the lack of education on the subject, so if we are going to make it work we must choose a different mechanism through which this sound economic policy can be articulated, disseminated, implemented and actualised. I believe peoples power is the only way forward.

    Let’s make it work, it is the only true way that "We are all in this together “mantra” can be said without sounding like a dubious politician.

    As for jobs that many do today, it is no different from slavery which we all believe that it has been abolished.

    Well, not for me, slavery has not been abolished, it is still here with us. The current situation for many who are in work are as worse than slavery as we know it in the past. I know this sounds farfetched and I may be attacked for it but this is the truth and sometimes truth hurts but it must be said.

    In the so-called slavery days (if you believe it has been abolished), slaves were fed by their owners properly so that they can work hard. It did not make sense to starve them because if you do they will die of hunger or they will become ineffective and the slave masters will lose the labour hours, slavery in the past was not practiced for some kind of sentimental acts, it was purely business as it is today.

    Let us compare it with today, you can do a full time work and will still not earn enough to sustain yourself or your family and I am talking about basic needs, of course it is not everyone that is suffering like this today but so was slavery in the past. Not everyone was a slave.

    Now, make your choice between a master who will feed you, cloth you, shelter you and make you work so hard, and the current master today that you work hard for but pay you not enough to sustain you unless the state come to your aid and even then, you are still on the breadline. You are then encouraged to accommodate your shortfall with another employer who provide credit to make ends meet. None of these are good but in some cases the latter is worse in my opinion, why , well because if for nothing at all no slave in the past had debt in their personal finances, in fact if you look at it carefully, it is the masters who owe the slave at any point in time. I am not blaming the master; I am blaming the system and the policies the master operates in. If any master or employer is against UBI, may be they may have to explain to the UBI community what citizens will spend their money on when they get it and who will produce the good that the citizen will spend their money on?

    The second issue that makes slavery in the past better than slavery now is that in the past, you were a slave and therefore cannot afford to start raising family, you can be sure as a slave you will not have a relative in prison because of gun, knife etc. crimes but today’s worker has been sentimentalised and conditioned into a false sense of security that you are at liberty to raise a family, buy your own home ( that basic arithmetic will tell you it is not your home even if you have paid more than half of it) only to realise that you cannot have enough income or job ( as bad as it is) to keep the family and the property in your lifetime. As reality begin to set in and you begin to understand the situation, you are then told another sentimental story that economy is growing, prospering, you will get a better job soon, you have never had it so good, you can become rich just like them, they were like you etc etc( welcome to the American dream) so you keep believing but you keep living poor hoping that one day it will get better, but what actually happen in practice is that you keep spending all your time at work ( if you are lucky to have one) and no time for the family upbringing homework etc. that then spiralled and if you are not lucky your kids or relatives falls into the trouble making zone and become a potential candidate for prison and other social vices which poverty breeds. Confronted with this choice, I will choose to be a slave who is not allowed to raise a family.

    I can go on and on and on and on but I will not because I am sure someone is already bored reading this thesis but I will conclude by saying the following:

    1. The politics of slavery in the past was for economics and economics only. Owners were profiteering whilst labourers were delivering profit but they were sheltered, clothed and fed.

    2. Today Owners are still profiteering and workers/labours are labouring to create the profit for purely for economic purposes yet many of the workers are struggling to meet the basic needs of clothing, shelter and food.

    Are we seriously saying we have abolished slavery?

    May be political slavery but definitely not economic slavery.

    What even makes today’s slavery more acute and horrific is that we actually chase the masters to enslave us but in the past it is the masters who actually go and pay money to get the slave.

    Universal Basic Income can abolished slavery once and for all so let us get civil about it and bring it to fruition but no one should be under any illusion that this is going to be welcome by the mainstream media or the political leaders, it has to be the people’s power, academicians, historians and researchers who have the naked data to bastardise and tear down the opposition until they yield to submission.

    My humble suggestion to the BEIN network is that they concentrate on the developing countries as much as they have done in developed countries. Because the people’s power that is required to move this UBI agenda forward can be easily achieved by the teeming youth of Africa, India and even China who are trained but to be educated on the cruelty of the current status quo, if they buy into this idea, with their voices in addition to the voices on the developed continent, UBI can be forced through the throat of every government on this planet for us to become human once again. Now, we are not but we can deceive ourselves again just like the way we kept believing that slavery is abolished even until today.

    It is my dream (not the American one) that I can see UBI implemented across the continent of Europe, Africa and America at least in my lifetime.

    Thank you.
  • Jernej Bukovec
    endorsed 2016-10-27 09:36:39 +0100
  • Gordon McDonald
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-10-26 23:50:28 +0100
    I'm endorsing Basic Income UK's statement. Please join me!
  • Gordon McDonald
    endorsed 2016-10-26 23:49:01 +0100
    It will allow those bullied at work or not treated well to get out, and have the time to look for better employment, instead of spending weeks filling out forms to get any money.

    Anyone in work would be better off than not working as the basic income would be paid regardless.
  • Robert Mumford
    endorsed 2016-10-26 16:29:18 +0100
  • Shaun McDonald
    endorsed 2016-10-26 16:18:13 +0100
    This would be a far fairer way to deal with benefits, and allow people to relax and not need to worry when they loose their job. Trials of this system in the past have had extremely positive results, with people often working as much as they did before, or volunteering whilst they don’t have a job.
  • Susi McDonald
    endorsed 2016-10-26 15:54:53 +0100
    We had been talking about this idea to several politicians nearly 20 years ago.

    Some listened, however no one had the courage to actually make that change .

    It is good to see, that others are slowly catching up now.

    It’s the only way for now forward .

    We had been stuck in the benefit trap for a few years , beforehand having worked around 60 hours a week just to have around £20-£50 to live on after essential bills paid. After an injury and other health issues we suddenly realised on how much we were able to get being on benefits at the time.

    There shouldn’t be a case of being much worse off working than on benefits .

    It takes a lot to get out of this trap and many aren’t able to.
  • Joyce Ireson
    endorsed 2016-10-25 20:59:22 +0100
    With the constant chopping & changing of the state pension & not all pensioners able to reach the flat rate of £155.65 & even then it not increasing any more what will we live on,more means tested benefits with the government trying to reduce them.Not every pensioner has been able or will be able to provide financially for their future retirement.
  • David Willcocks
    @dave_willcocks tweeted link to this page. 2016-10-24 20:19:25 +0100
    I'm endorsing Basic Income UK's statement. Please join me! http://www.basicincome.org.uk/?recruiter_id=4276
  • David Willcocks
    endorsed 2016-10-24 20:18:28 +0100
    A Universal Basic Income would grant everyone the basic human right to be able to house, clothe and feed themselves without feeling like second class citizens. It would simplify an overly complex welfare and tax system. In addition, it would future-proof an already stretched welfare budget against rising unemployment caused by increased automation.
  • Rory Mcmullan
    endorsed 2016-10-24 15:13:17 +0100
    Brilliant idea.
  • Emmerson Walgrove
    Bradford & District Disabled People's Forum (BDPF) endorsed 2016-10-21 18:48:34 +0100
    Universal Basic Income would provide financial security for all disabled people who then would be able participate fully as equal citizen, you can find out about the BDPF by visiting: http://disabledpf.org.uk/
  • Richard Spray
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-10-20 23:04:12 +0100
    I'm endorsing Basic Income UK's statement. Please join me!
  • Richard Spray
    endorsed 2016-10-20 23:03:27 +0100
  • Christopher Hubley
    endorsed 2016-10-19 17:28:31 +0100
  • Alessandra Ferrari
    endorsed 2016-10-17 22:17:17 +0100
    Contrary to popular belief I do not feel that upon receiving a basic income, people would sit back and become lazy or refuse to work.Some people might take a respite, so to speak, but I feel it would most probably lead to a more balanced society on every level.Even more employment opportunities. If the basic survival issues were removed, which incidentally are often the cause of social and individual disorders, people would even become more productive, they would have more time to dedicate to their family and would be able to concentrate more on earning a living in a more creative way and so be able to contribute a lot more to the welfare of society. A lot of racist issues and hostilities would probably disappear, criminality would diminish, health in general would increase and bureaucracy would substantially be reduced. We would also be able to turn our eyes on real issues affecting society and try to solve them. Children would have more help and attention from their parents and a lot of fear affecting people day in and day out, for not making it to the end of the week or month would gradually become obsolete. Of course we would all have to become a lot more disciplined and consumerism would have to change drastically, Also we would stop buying useless rubbish in order to compensate for the frustration of frittering away our lives in meaningless activities.
  • Phil Edwards
    endorsed 2016-10-17 09:38:34 +0100
    Common sense.

    Basic Income would provide people with the choice of working for extra money for fripperies or just living simply and intentionally. Giving all people this choice would revolutionise society.
  • Rowan Bridgwood
    endorsed 2016-10-16 22:00:08 +0100
  • Matt Lamb
    endorsed 2016-10-16 17:21:10 +0100
    To simplify the benefits system, to make work pay (with related personal flexibility, without intrusive and frequently counter-productive state intrusion), to lessen the prejudices within society against the unemployed and diabled (appallingly gone up in the last ten years or so), to help youngsters save towards university costs, or a home if they wish, to reduce levels of domestic violence, to reduce the negative effects of zero-hour contracts and temporary contracts. These are just some of the advantages a citizens income would bring.
  • ciaran cunningham
    endorsed 2016-10-16 13:39:41 +0100
    it would mean EVERYONE has a basic income to rely on and a better quality of life
  • Katy Pilkington
    endorsed 2016-10-16 12:46:10 +0100
  • Martin King
    endorsed 2016-10-16 04:08:23 +0100
  • Sarah Mchugh
    endorsed 2016-10-15 20:24:35 +0100
    A basic guaranted income would free the population of fear and insecurity, thus improve the health and mental anguish of all, make the population more productive and restore the dignity of those,,,, and ourselves potentially tomorrow who live in fear of poverty and debt,,,, if we become our brother, s keepers it also takes away basic fears for our children in the future if we cannot provide for them on a individual basis. Everyone would benefit including the economy, its time we stepped back and revise how we do things, look outside the box.
  • Nikki Dancey
    endorsed 2016-10-14 16:07:43 +0100
  • Kerry Barnett
    endorsed 2016-10-14 08:59:45 +0100
    A step towards a natural law resource based economy….
  • Ajr Wilde
    endorsed 2016-10-13 21:55:26 +0100
    When I was homeless I was living in a shelter that was receiving £300 a week from the council to have me there. Just £100 a week paid to me directly would have meant I could have rented privately and maintained my dignity. We see this up and down the UK: lots of money paid to institutions when giving the money direct to the people in need would be cheaper and more humane. £100-150 basic income a week along with rent control and a crackdown on corporate tax evasion would completey transform this country.
  • A. J. R. Wilde
    @ajrwilde2016 tweeted link to this page. 2016-10-13 21:53:16 +0100
    I'm endorsing Basic Income UK's statement. Please join me! http://www.basicincome.org.uk/?recruiter_id=4238
  • richard william hands
    endorsed 2016-10-13 12:11:57 +0100
    End poverty and provide support for the precariat. Redistribute the wealth that has been extracted from ordinary working class people, especially from the last 30 years of Neoliberal economics. Also ,as Guy Standing has said elsewhere work needs to be redefined. Plenty of people do essential tasks which do not fit into the restricted Capitalist definition where the only work that counts is work that they can extract surplus value and irrespective of it´s wider environmental and social impacts.
  • Bill Morris
    endorsed 2016-10-12 20:32:41 +0100

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