We are a collective of independent people promoting unconditional basic income as a progressive social policy for the United Kingdom, and beyond. We initially got together in 2013 to promote the European Citizens Initiative (ECI) for Basic Income, which was signed by nearly 300,000 people throughout Europe by January 2014. In the UK the ECI was signed by over 10,000 people.
We are also members of Unconditional Basic Income Europe (UBI-Europe), an alliance of individuals and organisations from over 25 countries which also grew out of organising for the Basic Income ECI in 2013.
Since 2013 we have been working with a variety of activist groups on a range of specific survival issues like housing, disability, democracy, unemployment, health and the environment. Many consider basic income as part of the fight for a better future for all.
We work with Citizens Income Trust, an educational charity started in the UK nearly 30 years ago. Both organisations support the need for an unconditional payment to all individuals regardless of circumstance. Basic Income UK does, however, have a different view of how high the basic income should be, and what taxes should pay for it. We agree with the definition in UBI-Europe’s charter: “Unconditional Basic Income (UBI) is an amount of money paid on a regular basis to each individual unconditionally and universally, high enough to ensure a material existence and participation in society”.
We view an unconditional basic income as a global human right. We all deserve the means to live.
Basic Income UK members have different political and social backgrounds and do not represent any one political party.
We welcome articles for submission as well as any questions you might have regarding basic income or possible ways of getting involved.
If you have any questions, criticism or proposals, please get in touch: contact (at) basicincome.org.uk.