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.

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Our first meeting in February 2013.

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.

4 Comments

  1. Helen K Woodsford-Dean

    Hello!
    I want to sign but your petition page asks for a lot of personal information which I don’t particularly want to give out over the internet (identity theft), such as date of birth. Is there any other way I can sign to show my support please?
    I have been advocating a basic wage for years – I thought I was the only one. I think you have to make it for everyone – even the bankers! – they can choose not to claim if they don’t want to – but pay for it by scrapping all tax allowances and all other benefits (even pensions) excepting those for disabled with higher personal costs.
    Blessings
    Helen

    1. David Jenkins

      Unfortunately the only other way to assist would be to donate to the Kickstarter fund but that has already ended.
      The information is being provided to the ECI and won’t be used for any other purposes. I understand the information is more than usual but this is to insure there is no doubling up or repeating of signatures.
      We’d greatly appreciate your signature though and hope you are able to provide it (deadline Jan 14th).
      Thanks for the comment and spread the word!
      Best
      David

    2. Paulo Rodrigues

      Hi Helen. As important as signing is raising awareness. One thing that really helps if you see any news items that could be linked to basic income. Please write comments directing people to this website.

      Merry Christmas

      Paulo

    3. Pat

      A pension is NOT, repeat NOT, a ” benefit” as the DWP has been trying to portray it for a long time. When today’s pensioners were young and in the workforce, THEY PAID INTO THIS FUND THROUGHOUT THEIR WORKING LIVES. (And successive governments also helped themselves to it (e.g Ken Clarke, Gordon Brown). It is NOT a freebie.

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