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

Dafydd Williams Red Button Theatre
Yuen Lin Choy
Zara Johnson
sean madden
Marta Ferrer
Roland Platts-Mills
shirley cusack Keys to Inclusion
Claire Carter
Matt O'Connor
Rebecca Cross
Simon Emmett
Helen Rayner
Ben Saint-Clair
Anthony Wan
Jonathan Begin
Paul Warren
Angharad Owen
Chloe Rushmere
Luke Graham
Rosemary Trustam
Peter Gunn
Philip Booth
Loretta Gaffney
Becca Kirkpatrick UNISON West Midlands Community branch
Lorrtta Reid
Sylwia Lemanska
christina milarvie quarrell
Andrew Hurst
1,682 endorsements
5,000 endorsements

Will you endorse?

  • David aka Dafydd Williams
    @davidredbutton tweeted link to this page. 2016-09-08 07:01:44 +0100
    I'm endorsing Basic Income UK's statement. Please join me! http://www.basicincome.org.uk/?recruiter_id=4070
  • Dafydd Williams
    Red Button Theatre endorsed 2016-09-08 07:00:36 +0100
    I have a diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder and have been pushed from one so called benefit to another. They are all awarded reluctantly without dignity from a welfare system that does not care about the welfare of recipients but about targets to lower numbers claiming set by government. Universal Basic Income would alleviate the worry of having to find unsuitable work that could trigger a mental health condition.
  • Yuen Lin Choy
    endorsed 2016-09-07 13:33:03 +0100
    I have heard too many testimonies and experienced too much about how the current social security system causes a lot of suffering. The conditionality and time limit rules aren’t doing people any good. Basic Income seems to be a great way forward. The details need working out, because it should be partially means-tested (but only conditional on the amount of existing income, not how you are earning that money or what you are doing to search for a job). This means the more money you make the less financial support you get from the state. It’s only fair.
  • Zara Johnson
    endorsed 2016-09-05 21:56:50 +0100
  • sean madden
    endorsed 2016-09-04 22:59:49 +0100
    to give hope to disabled people that might only be able to work 1 or 2 days a week, and give them a future, they just don’t have with the benefits trap.
  • Marta Ferrer
    endorsed 2016-09-04 22:56:34 +0100
  • Roland Platts-Mills
    endorsed 2016-09-04 20:53:15 +0100
  • shirley cusack
    Keys to Inclusion endorsed 2016-09-04 00:31:38 +0100
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
    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
  • 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

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