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

Susi McDonald
Joyce. Ireson
David Willcocks
Rory Mcmullan
Emmerson Walgrove Bradford & District Disabled People's Forum (BDPF)
Richard Spray
Christopher Hubley
Alessandra Ferrari
Phil Edwards
Rowan Bridgwood
Matt Lamb
ciaran cunningham
Katy Pilkington
Martin King
Sarah Mchugh
Nikki Dancey
Kerry Barnett
Ajr Wilde
richard william hands
Bill Morris
Paul Perrin
Bernard Coughlan
Simon Mole
Asaf Rafaeli
Rose Green
Clive Down
Sylvia Duffy
1,957 endorsements
5,000 endorsements

Will you endorse?

  • Susi McDonald
    endorsed 2016-10-26 15:54:53 +0100
    We had been talking about this idea to several politicians nearly 20 years ago.

    Some listened, however no one had the courage to actually make that change .

    It is good to see, that others are slowly catching up now.

    It’s the only way for now forward .

    We had been stuck in the benefit trap for a few years , beforehand having worked around 60 hours a week just to have around £20-£50 to live on after essential bills paid. After an injury and other health issues we suddenly realised on how much we were able to get being on benefits at the time.

    There shouldn’t be a case of being much worse off working than on benefits .

    It takes a lot to get out of this trap and many aren’t able to.
  • Joyce. Ireson
    endorsed 2016-10-25 20:59:22 +0100
    With the constant chopping & changing of the state pension & not all pensioners able to reach the flat rate of £155.65 & even then it not increasing any more what will we live on,more means tested benefits with the government trying to reduce them.Not every pensioner has been able or will be able to provide financially for their future retirement.
  • David Willcocks
    @dave_willcocks tweeted link to this page. 2016-10-24 20:19:25 +0100
    I'm endorsing Basic Income UK's statement. Please join me! http://www.basicincome.org.uk/?recruiter_id=4276
  • David Willcocks
    endorsed 2016-10-24 20:18:28 +0100
    A Universal Basic Income would grant everyone the basic human right to be able to house, clothe and feed themselves without feeling like second class citizens. It would simplify an overly complex welfare and tax system. In addition, it would future-proof an already stretched welfare budget against rising unemployment caused by increased automation.
  • Rory Mcmullan
    endorsed 2016-10-24 15:13:17 +0100
    Brilliant idea.
  • Emmerson Walgrove
    Bradford & District Disabled People's Forum (BDPF) endorsed 2016-10-21 18:48:34 +0100
    Universal Basic Income would provide financial security for all disabled people who then would be able participate fully as equal citizen, you can find out about the BDPF by visiting: http://disabledpf.org.uk/
  • Richard Spray
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-10-20 23:04:12 +0100
    I'm endorsing Basic Income UK's statement. Please join me!
  • Richard Spray
    endorsed 2016-10-20 23:03:27 +0100
  • Christopher Hubley
    endorsed 2016-10-19 17:28:31 +0100
  • Alessandra Ferrari
    endorsed 2016-10-17 22:17:17 +0100
    Contrary to popular belief I do not feel that upon receiving a basic income, people would sit back and become lazy or refuse to work.Some people might take a respite, so to speak, but I feel it would most probably lead to a more balanced society on every level.Even more employment opportunities. If the basic survival issues were removed, which incidentally are often the cause of social and individual disorders, people would even become more productive, they would have more time to dedicate to their family and would be able to concentrate more on earning a living in a more creative way and so be able to contribute a lot more to the welfare of society. A lot of racist issues and hostilities would probably disappear, criminality would diminish, health in general would increase and bureaucracy would substantially be reduced. We would also be able to turn our eyes on real issues affecting society and try to solve them. Children would have more help and attention from their parents and a lot of fear affecting people day in and day out, for not making it to the end of the week or month would gradually become obsolete. Of course we would all have to become a lot more disciplined and consumerism would have to change drastically, Also we would stop buying useless rubbish in order to compensate for the frustration of frittering away our lives in meaningless activities.
  • Phil Edwards
    endorsed 2016-10-17 09:38:34 +0100
    Common sense.

    Basic Income would provide people with the choice of working for extra money for fripperies or just living simply and intentionally. Giving all people this choice would revolutionise society.
  • Rowan Bridgwood
    endorsed 2016-10-16 22:00:08 +0100
  • Matt Lamb
    endorsed 2016-10-16 17:21:10 +0100
    To simplify the benefits system, to make work pay (with related personal flexibility, without intrusive and frequently counter-productive state intrusion), to lessen the prejudices within society against the unemployed and diabled (appallingly gone up in the last ten years or so), to help youngsters save towards university costs, or a home if they wish, to reduce levels of domestic violence, to reduce the negative effects of zero-hour contracts and temporary contracts. These are just some of the advantages a citizens income would bring.
  • ciaran cunningham
    endorsed 2016-10-16 13:39:41 +0100
    it would mean EVERYONE has a basic income to rely on and a better quality of life
  • Katy Pilkington
    endorsed 2016-10-16 12:46:10 +0100
  • Martin King
    endorsed 2016-10-16 04:08:23 +0100
  • Sarah Mchugh
    endorsed 2016-10-15 20:24:35 +0100
    A basic guaranted income would free the population of fear and insecurity, thus improve the health and mental anguish of all, make the population more productive and restore the dignity of those,,,, and ourselves potentially tomorrow who live in fear of poverty and debt,,,, if we become our brother, s keepers it also takes away basic fears for our children in the future if we cannot provide for them on a individual basis. Everyone would benefit including the economy, its time we stepped back and revise how we do things, look outside the box.
  • Nikki Dancey
    endorsed 2016-10-14 16:07:43 +0100
  • Kerry Barnett
    endorsed 2016-10-14 08:59:45 +0100
    A step towards a natural law resource based economy….
  • Ajr Wilde
    endorsed 2016-10-13 21:55:26 +0100
    When I was homeless I was living in a shelter that was receiving £300 a week from the council to have me there. Just £100 a week paid to me directly would have meant I could have rented privately and maintained my dignity. We see this up and down the UK: lots of money paid to institutions when giving the money direct to the people in need would be cheaper and more humane. £100-150 basic income a week along with rent control and a crackdown on corporate tax evasion would completey transform this country.
  • A. J. R. Wilde
    @ajrwilde2016 tweeted link to this page. 2016-10-13 21:53:16 +0100
    I'm endorsing Basic Income UK's statement. Please join me! http://www.basicincome.org.uk/?recruiter_id=4238
  • richard william hands
    endorsed 2016-10-13 12:11:57 +0100
    End poverty and provide support for the precariat. Redistribute the wealth that has been extracted from ordinary working class people, especially from the last 30 years of Neoliberal economics. Also ,as Guy Standing has said elsewhere work needs to be redefined. Plenty of people do essential tasks which do not fit into the restricted Capitalist definition where the only work that counts is work that they can extract surplus value and irrespective of it´s wider environmental and social impacts.
  • Bill Morris
    endorsed 2016-10-12 20:32:41 +0100
  • Paul Perrin
    endorsed 2016-10-12 17:44:41 +0100
    I believe the land belongs to the people – we are each entitled to one ‘average’ acre of it (60 million people, 60 million acres) – or the equivalent ‘rental’ for our ‘acre’ – that rent is our ‘citizens income’.
  • Bernard Coughlan
    endorsed 2016-10-11 15:24:05 +0100
    To untangle the impossible welfare system and to release the potential in everyone.

    Reading through the comments mainly shows how this system would help us individually. But to win this argument we have to expain how it would benefit society at large and the country as whole. I’ve never claimed a benefit in my life and would regard myself as a wet Tory liberal. There was a very good radio BBC 4 program called Analysis on this subject. ( find it on radio iPlayer) Charities would no longer need gift aid as the government would be gifting thousands of volunteers. People would be free to care for the old and vulnerable without it being a burden on the state. Hospitals and care homes could have the money paid directly to them from the patient’s allowance. The tax system could be revolutionized to be simpler and more efficient by abolishing allowances.People would be free to persue cultural and sporting activities, and to help those in need of support. Schools may not need to provide sports training as an endless army of talented adults would volunteer to do it. Budding entrepreneurs would have the time and safety net to set up thousands of thriving small businesses. The list goes on and on for this revolutionary and truly exciting idea! Of course there will be those who will stay in bed all day watching cash in the attic and eating crisps, but they are with us anyway and I think that by eradicating poverty this way then we can move on to a more educated and secure life. Petty crime would just about disappear and we could all go out and tidy our streets. As JFK put it; Ask not what the UBI can do for you, ask what it can do for your country.
  • Simon Mole
    endorsed 2016-10-11 13:16:36 +0100
  • Asaf Rafaeli
    endorsed 2016-10-11 12:24:27 +0100
  • Rose Green
    endorsed 2016-10-10 13:46:04 +0100
    I believe this is one way to combat inequality – and all the evil that creates – through a redistribution of wealth.
  • Clive Down
    endorsed 2016-10-09 19:02:11 +0100
    Not only is this need for all those out of employment but those in employment too. To help force employers to offer better conditions. Also whilst tech makes less jobs (as it should be) more people can be free to innovate and explore their dreams
  • Sylvia Duffy
    endorsed 2016-10-09 11:49:45 +0100
    It can contribute to human dignity and reduce stress related conditions. it should however be linked to the concept of duty – related to the care in the community, concerning other people or the environment

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