House of Commons - Universal Basic Income

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Join us in the House of Commons when we discuss the feasibility of introducing a Universal Basic income for all. Yasmin Qureshi MP has booked the room and is the official host and Caroline Lucas MP will be a main speaker.

A basic income is an income unconditionally granted to all on an individual basis, without means test or work requirement.

When the nature of work is changing fast and the benefit system we have seems not fit for purpose then maybe it is time to look at the Universal Basic Income as the way of the future. Speakers include,

Caroline Lucas is the Green MP for Brighton Pavilion and a member of the cross-party parliamentary environment audit committee. Caroline is known as a campaigner and writer on green economics (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_economics), localisation (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Localism_(politics)), alternatives to globalisation (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alter-globalization), trade justice (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trade_justice), animal welfare (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animal_welfare) and food. Caroline introduced an Eraly Day Motion in the House of Commons on the Universal Basic Income say it “has the potential to offer genuine social security to all while boosting entrepreneurialism”. Caroline has said,

“Anyone who’s serious about building an economy which provides dignity for all – and frees up our time as well as our minds - should, at the very least, be backing serious research into the possibilities offered by a basic income.”

Barb Jacobson, Coordinator of Basic Income UK and a member of UBI-Europe. Basic Income UK is a collective of independent people promoting unconditional basic income as a progressive social policy for the United Kingdom, and beyond

It is an idea that is fast gaining traction in many cities of the world and some major feasibility studies are taking place in European Cities. We will be running this meeting in collaboration with the New Europeans as part of a series of events on Basic Income in Europe

Anthony Painter, Director of Policy & Strategy at the RSA. Anthony leads the Development Team, which includes design, international, behaviour change/social brain, organisation change, and the RSA’s policy work and consultancy offer. In his work on policy development, he focuses on a range of policy issues including the impact of new technology on the economy and society, reform to welfare and learning and skills, and reform to public services and a range of public institutions.

The RSA published work on the Basic Income. Anthony Painter and Chris Thoung, Creative Citizen, Creative State – The principled and pragmatic case for a Universal Basic Income. Report (http://www.thersa.org/discover/publications-and-articles/reports/basic-income/) published by the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), December 2015.

You can find out about that report here (https://www.thersa.org/discover/publications-and-articles/reports/basic-income/)

GlobalNet21 also did a Webinar on Basic Income with Barb Jacobson from Basic Income UK

You can see the recording of that here. (http://app.webinarjam.net/replay/20480/211c5ff1d4/0/0)

Ther RSA has also done a Podcast on a meeting they held on their report on Basic Income and again

You can find that podcast here. (https://soundcloud.com/the_rsa/the-case-for-a-universal-basic-income)

New Europeans is a civil rights organisation which champions freedom of movement, non-discrimination and the principle of solidarity in Europe.

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