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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

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
Sara Wickert
Kath Jones
Simon Johnson
Eri Mountbatten WinWin Training
Rachel Shenton
Kieran Devlin
Fro Siegers
Barb Jacobson
Alison Whalley
Keith Pierce
robert green grr ltd
1,695 endorsements
5,000 endorsements

Will you endorse?

  • 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
  • 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!
  • Sara Wickert
    endorsed via 2016-08-31 17:54:26 +0100
    A new, fairer system is needed and one that doesn’t discriminate against the poor. Basic income is a positive step in the right direction.
  • Kath Jones
    endorsed 2016-08-31 16:48:15 +0100
  • Simon Johnson
    endorsed 2016-08-31 16:12:43 +0100
    Because our current tax and benefit system is insane, costly, dehumanising and utterly, utterly dysfunctional, thanks in large measure to malign politicians flexing their muscles for the media to show how tough they can be on the poor and “feckless”. Basic Income would put an end to all this madness
  • Eri Mountbatten
    WinWin Training endorsed 2016-08-31 14:28:38 +0100
    In the turbulent world of 21st century politics and economics there has never been a better time to introduce a Basic Income for every citizen in the UK. I wholeheartedly support this endeavor which I believe will benefit all members of society by supporting ordinary citizens to thrive; to engage more effectively in life, economically, socially and democratically.
  • Rachel Shenton
    endorsed 2016-08-31 14:26:31 +0100
    I believe a basic income for all is vital in order to erase the stigma behind claiming benefits and to stop people from living in fear of being made redundant. It’s time everyone worked in the job they want to work in without fear of not being able to afford basic amenities.
  • Kieran Devlin
    endorsed 2016-08-29 14:45:52 +0100
  • Fro Siegers
    endorsed 2016-08-28 22:48:42 +0100
  • Barb Jacobson
    endorsed 2016-08-28 20:31:10 +0100
  • Alison Whalley
    endorsed 2016-08-27 22:05:37 +0100
  • Keith Pierce
    endorsed 2016-08-27 13:43:52 +0100
  • robert green
    grr ltd endorsed 2016-08-27 08:05:06 +0100
    A Fantastic concept, it would save billions

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