The Centre fully support the idea that every human being should receive a basic income to ensure that nobody lives in poverty. The Centre's work on basic income is led by Simon Duffy.
The tax and benefit system is full of problems. It stigmatises those who use it and it creates poverty traps that can make life more difficult people who need it. In recent years it has become increasingly punitive and controlling, using sanctions to punish people with disabilities and people in poverty. Today, what are called 'reforms' (Universal Credit, Employment and Support Allowance, Personal Independence Payments) are making a bad system worse.
We have lost sight of the fundamental purpose of the welfare state - to provide all of us, as equal citizens, with secure social and economic rights. The erosion of welfare rights is not leading to a better society, but to increased fear and a less fruitful and productive society.
Basic Income (or Citizen's Income) is part of a better solution for everyone - providing security, incentives and freedom for all. The Centre, along with it allies, is committed to promoting a better understanding of this idea and how it can be turned into reality.
Read our latest report - Let's Scrap the DWP - for our analysis of the problem and its potential solution.
This project is ongoing.
Current initiatives include:
- On-going support for Basic Income UK to campaign for basic income
- Creation of UBI Lab Sheffield to create basic income pilots in Sheffield
- Work on Basic income Plus to develop an approach that works for people with disabilities
If you would like to contribute with ideas, time or money please email Simon Duffy.