We hope people are coping with the new conditions brought on by CoVid19. This crisis has brought on many calls for Universal Basic Income in the UK. Johnson said in answer to Ian Blackford at PMQs that an emergency basic income is 'under consideration'. Later however the Chancellor Rishi Sanak dismissed it by claiming that the government is already doing enough for people. We know that millions are falling through the gaps.
With all the interest in basic income, new UBI Labs have been forming around the country! Welcome to UBI Lab Norfolk, UBI Lab Birmingham, and UBI Lab Northern Ireland! If you're interested in setting something up in your own area, have a look at the UBI Lab Network site.
If you're interested in what's really happenng in Spain after all the headlines about rolling out basic income, the Chair of Basic Income Europe has written this article comparing the policy the government is actually considering with basic income. What is for sure is that most governments, including our own, would not be trying to improve their safety nets without the calls for basic income.
There have been international calls for basic income throughout the past month. There is a list of petitions around the world, including one calling on the EU to support governments to roll out Emergency Basic Income via UBI-Europe (which can be signed by people in the UK).
UBI-Europe will also be holding #BasicIncomeTea every Sunday 4pm UK time starting 27 April to provide facts and analysis beyond the headlines. You can sign up for it here to participate on Zoom, but these will also be broadcast on UBIE's Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram channels.
Actions you can do at home
There is a petition to Parliament taking off which you can sign and share yourself.
Press Release 23/3/2020 - Petition for #EmergencyBasic Income surpasses 100k!
Kevin Brannan MP has put foward this Early Day Motion calling on the government to provide a basic income to freelancers and the self-employed during the outbreak. If your MP has not signed it yet, please write to them or contact them on social media asking them to do so. Remember that only back-benchers can sign EDMs, but if yours is on the front bench encourage them to encourage others! Also, if your MP has already signed it, please send them a thank you message.
It has been very heartening to see all the mutual aid groups springing up around the country for neighbours to help each other. If you haven't found yours yet, here is a UK-wide list of Covid19 mutual aid groups.
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Stay well, stay indoors if you can. Basic income is looking closer than ever!
Barb, Richard, Becca, Hasanain, Karen