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

Claire Carter
Matt O'Connor
Rebecca Cross
Simon Emmett
Helen Rayner
Ben Saint-Clair
Anthony Wan
Trish Martin
Jonathan Begin
Helen Daly
Paul Warren
Angharad Owen
Chloe Rushmere
Luke Graham
Melissa Gola
Rosemary Trustam
Peter Gunn
Dalibor Warburton
Philip Booth
Loretta Gaffney
Becca Kirkpatrick UNISON West Midlands Community branch
Lorrtta Reid
Sylwia Lemanska
Caroline Kelly
christina milarvie quarrell
Andrew Hurst
Stuart Litvinski
1,957 endorsements
5,000 endorsements

Will you endorse?

  • Claire Carter
    endorsed 2016-09-03 22:07:10 +0100
  • Matt O'Connor
    endorsed 2016-09-03 11:17:39 +0100
    I believe it would introduce greater “spending power” to those who struggle to make ends meet.
  • Rebecca Cross
    endorsed via 2016-09-03 10:11:06 +0100
  • Simon Emmett
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-09-03 09:14:01 +0100
    I'm endorsing Basic Income UK's statement. Please join me!
  • Simon Emmett
    endorsed 2016-09-03 09:13:30 +0100
    I want a fairer more financially stable society for all and one which enables our future generations to explore their creative talents.
  • Helen Rayner
    endorsed 2016-09-02 16:30:04 +0100
    I think it is the way forward. I work with clients who are stigmatised for being on benefits. I also think we have our work life balance all wrong
  • Ben Saint-Clair
    endorsed 2016-09-02 14:51:02 +0100
    It would cost only an extra 1% of GDP to run this much more effective model that would end all right wing scapegoating of benefit scroungers and vilification of the poor in our society. It would free up labour, make work more about committing to a fulfilling and meaningful duty that can add to society, reduce work related stress and enable companies to automate more, driving up much needed productivity. It would also free low earners to spring forth and start their own companies, become entrepreneurs or even find their calling in higher education creating a more skilled, more high tech, and more creatively diverse workforce. Frankly, everyone wins – except for the bureaucrats who were kinda a**holes anyway ¬_¬
  • Anthony Wan
    endorsed 2016-09-02 12:22:33 +0100
    I really don’t want my children to grow up to believe that money is what the makes the world go round like i was taught. for me Basic Income is a good step towards removing money from this planet.
  • Trish Martin
    endorsed 2016-09-02 10:10:15 +0100
    For a fair and just society Basic Income iOS the way to go.

    I work in Welfare Rights and the injustice of the benefit system is something I deal with on a daily basis. People should never be left with nothing to live on , which is what is happening under the current system . I know because the benefit system is getting more and more draconian that if I lost my job tomorrow I would struggle to survive . If there was a basic income there would be less depravation.
  • Jonathan Begin
    endorsed 2016-09-01 22:34:34 +0100
    I believe we’ll need it soon – major industries are about to be disrupted by automation (transport for instance, with self -driving vehicles).
  • Helen Daly
    endorsed 2016-09-01 21:49:19 +0100
  • Paul Warren
    endorsed 2016-09-01 21:21:42 +0100
  • Angharad Owen
    endorsed 2016-09-01 20:56:51 +0100
  • Chloe Rushmere
    endorsed 2016-09-01 20:50:51 +0100
  • Luke Graham
    endorsed 2016-09-01 20:45:27 +0100
    Wrote my undergraduate dissertation in this area. UBI is a preferable means of realising art 9, the right to social security, under the ICESCR
  • Melissa Gola
    endorsed 2016-09-01 19:28:16 +0100
  • Rosemary Trustam
    endorsed 2016-09-01 18:59:26 +0100
    My understanding is that this would be a very cost-effective way of assuring a basic income for everyone. It can be taxed back easily from those of us who can afford it but just imagine if it was weighted for people with disabilities too what administration costs we could save. It also is a non-judgemental way of assuring a basic level of income. I’m also interested in what happened with Switzerland who were voting on it?
  • Peter Gunn
    endorsed 2016-09-01 12:49:00 +0100
    Firstly to remove this stigma whipped up by tabloids against social security recipients. Secondly, simple equality.
  • Dalibor Warburton
    endorsed via 2016-09-01 10:33:03 +0100
    The current benefits system is too complicated and the introduction of Universal Credit has done little to address underlying complexity. Benefits administration is subject to political interference and needs greater independence from politicians working to short-term electoral cycles. Many people experience the current system as adversarial and unhelpful: it is often very slow to react in times of crisis and unhelpful in addressing long-term health conditions.
  • Philip Booth
    endorsed 2016-09-01 09:18:56 +0100
    Social security hasn’t kept up with the changes to our work economy – short-term employment, zero hours contracts and low pay are rife. The basic income could be the answer that everyone’s looking for. Anyone who’s serious about building a fairer world with an economy which provides dignity for all, should at least, be backing research into the possibilities offered by a basic income.
  • Loretta Gaffney
    endorsed via 2016-09-01 08:24:43 +0100
    Security for everyone. Fits with my socialist principles
  • Becca Kirkpatrick
    @BeccaK83 tweeted link to this page. 2016-09-01 08:11:00 +0100
    I'm endorsing Basic Income UK's statement. Please join me! http://www.basicincome.org.uk/?recruiter_id=4000
  • Becca Kirkpatrick
    UNISON West Midlands Community branch endorsed via 2016-09-01 08:09:43 +0100
    As a species we can do this and so much more. There is no reason other than the greed of a few for anyone to be without the basics of life.
  • Lorrtta Reid
    endorsed via 2016-09-01 07:47:42 +0100
  • Sylwia Lemanska
    endorsed via 2016-09-01 07:42:26 +0100
  • Caroline Kelly
    endorsed 2016-09-01 07:23:39 +0100
  • christina milarvie quarrell
    endorsed 2016-09-01 02:34:25 +0100
    dignity for all
  • Andrew Hurst
    endorsed 2016-08-31 22:21:44 +0100
    It just makes sense
  • Stuart Litvinski
    endorsed via 2016-08-31 19:46:10 +0100
    We should be striving towards creating a national community that has the best interests of all at the very core of its values, with modern technology reaching as far as it is – soon many many trades and skills will be obsolete, with 50% less jobs and 25% more population, is there a better alternative?
  • Sara Wickert
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-08-31 17:55:25 +0100
    I'm endorsing Basic Income UK's statement. Please join me!

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