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

jacob Walker
Jade Hicks
Matthew Wyld
Dan Annon
Trevor Allett
Jaque Durrant
Susan Myles
Diane Stapley
Gary Brown
Matthew Kidd
John Payne
Danielle Hudson
Ayse Guloglu
John Ridge
susan sullivan Open University
Emily Tellwright
Clive Hopper
tim mitchell
shahid jamil
Libby Ruffle
Jeff Underwood
Patrick McCabe
Stephen Moorhouse
Matt Nicholas
Rafael Walton
James Rolls
Sebastian Black
Mitchell Lever
Natalie Hollingworth
1,627 endorsements
5,000 endorsements

Will you endorse?

  • jacob Walker
    endorsed 2018-07-27 10:39:16 +0100
    As I work for the DWP I have witnessed first hand that the existing welfare system is much too complicated and could be simplified using UBI.
  • Jade Hicks
    endorsed 2018-07-25 22:29:25 +0100
    It makes complete sense to me and would go so far to wipe out poverty. It would give control over our own lives back to the people not to the elite, life would be easier for those disadvantaged purely by birth and societies failings. It is the first step to a fairer world.
  • Matthew Wyld
    endorsed 2018-07-25 18:53:10 +0100
  • Dan Annon
    endorsed 2018-07-25 13:00:02 +0100
    I propose a UBI equivelant to 15k per year for adults, around 6k for students and 3.6k for children. With current population this would cost rounded up 780bn. I would however set up a type of electronic currency which this ubi is paid into which can only be used electronically in order to keep tabs on it and to ensure its not funding addiction or crime. With this you could then make it tax free to use your ubi for housing, basic groceries etc.



    To fund this i would propose we get rid of the tax free earning allowance and increase tax by 50% (so 30% paye etc) on all earnings above ubi and soending outside of the tax free essentials. This would more than cover a ubi (1.3 trn income) whilst making more income (500bn) to spend on public services, defence, infastructure etc and if as hoped this system increases productivity then there would be even more cash to pay off public debt and invest in ourselves.



    I would also suggest reform to education making uni mandatory and changing most perks of turning 18 to 21 in line with qualifying for full ubi amd completing education, also maybe a year of civic duty, be it police, fire, military or helping in the community to qualify with an emphasis on civic duty and what you get in return for being a valued member of society i.e the ubi.
  • Trevor Allett
    endorsed 2018-07-25 09:59:02 +0100
    Redistribution of wealth needed; job market “made up”… Opt out if you want.
  • Jaque Durrant
    endorsed 2018-07-24 23:41:53 +0100
    Simplifying the benefits system, allow people to escape the poverty line, and encourage the creative arts to thrive without the concern of basic survival.
  • Susan Myles
    endorsed 2018-07-24 21:31:23 +0100
    Having just lost my job and going onto benefits for the first time in 54 years, I have found it very difficult just to pay my basic bills. I rarely have money left for food so my sons are having to help me out EVERY month. Not a position I ever thought I would be in.
  • Diane Stapley
    endorsed 2018-07-24 20:51:20 +0100
  • Gary Brown
    endorsed 2018-07-24 20:48:34 +0100
  • Matthew Kidd
    endorsed 2018-07-24 18:07:07 +0100
  • John Payne
    endorsed 2018-07-24 17:33:28 +0100
    This idea could reduce poverty, reduce the need people feel to commit crime, close the gap between the richest and the poorest, more opportunities for mental wellbeing, the list is endless.
  • Danielle Hudson
    endorsed 2018-07-24 16:34:03 +0100
    I believe this is a brilliant way to fairly spread the benefit of taxes, I have worked since I was 14, never claimed benefits and I’ve known many people over my life falsely claiming benefits for disabilities and medical health, who have themselves admitted they could work but are just to lazy to. Finally there could be a system where everyone is treated as an equal, where those who are motivated to work are not penalised for it while paying for other to do nothing. Obviously not all cases are illegitimate but the current system it far too easy to play and work which unfortunately is what a lot of people do. 100% support this change and would happily back it in any way possible.
  • Ayse Guloglu
    endorsed 2018-07-24 15:48:06 +0100
    It’s the right thing to do
  • John Ridge
    endorsed 2018-07-24 12:00:37 +0100
    I believe that the present system of benefits is too complicated. Basic Income would make it easier for more people to find employment. This can only be good for the country.
  • susan sullivan
    Open University endorsed 2018-07-23 20:45:22 +0100
    There’s no other way forward to a civilised society
  • Emily Tellwright
    endorsed 2018-07-21 20:41:07 +0100
    It is fundamentally right and just.
  • Clive Hopper
    endorsed 2018-07-19 13:26:29 +0100
    The benefits system is unfit for purpose and a basic income guarantee would save money and bureaucracy by allowing people to work part-time, full time, temp, study or set up a business without worrying about paying immediate bills. Free the people.
  • tim mitchell
    endorsed 2018-07-19 12:46:45 +0100
  • shahid jamil
    endorsed 2018-07-19 08:17:43 +0100
    Universal basic income is necessary to all poor and middle class citizens to survive at this capitalist planet. Capitalism is growing up with the label of fake democracy and playing with emotions of innocent poor and middle class families. Food stuff prices are increasing day by day in multinational and national stores because capitalist want to earn more money.
  • Libby Ruffle
    @SuffCoastGreens tweeted link to this page. 2018-07-18 12:13:15 +0100
    We're endorsing Basic Income UK's statement. Please join us! https://www.basicincome.org.uk/?recruiter_id=9109
  • Libby Ruffle
    endorsed 2018-07-18 12:12:26 +0100
  • Jeff Underwood
    endorsed 2018-07-17 22:15:23 +0100
    To deliver hope for young people, to protect everybody from the potential downside of modern technology including robotics.
  • Patrick McCabe
    endorsed 2018-07-17 11:16:43 +0100
  • Stephen Moorhouse
    endorsed 2018-07-13 23:58:38 +0100
    I agree with the premise.
  • Matt Nicholas
    endorsed 2018-07-10 19:46:46 +0100
    A future where we can follow our individual passions and contribute to shaping a richer and healthier world is a utopian vision but nonetheless achievable. UBI is the way to go and should’ve been implemented decades ago (and very nearly was in the U.S.!).
  • Rafael Walton
    endorsed via 2018-07-10 17:35:44 +0100
    A more engaged and passionate workforce will boost both creativity and productivity, as people pursue jobs that are more aligned with their beliefs and passions. #WinWin
  • James Rolls
    endorsed 2018-07-09 13:06:42 +0100
    Believe everyone should have an equal opportunity to contribute to their future
  • Sebastian Black
    endorsed 2018-07-09 10:10:42 +0100
    Universal Basic Income is not just a safety net catching people that fall through the gaps in our welfare state. It is a solid foundation from which everyone is empowered. Individuals, free of basic financial burden, can reclaim their lives, reconnect with humanity, and pursue work and projects that enrich not just their own lives, but society as a whole. It is safety. It is hope. It is freedom.
  • Mitchell Lever
    endorsed 2018-07-08 10:17:53 +0100
  • Natalie Hollingworth
    endorsed 2018-07-07 23:48:07 +0100
    Because I believe that the structure of society itself needs a complete overhaul to support the beauty of humanity rather than keeping us in boxes. We should be pursuing efficiency of automaton to reduce the number of hours people need to work, not creating unnecessary layers of management and regulation that merely create jobs for the sake of it.

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