Call for a Recovery Universal Basic Income (UBI) in response to the coronavirus crisis.

Emerging from the crisis we will face stark choices about the kind of society we want – and the urgent need to put people before profit.

This call for a Recovery Universal Basic Income (UBI) has widespread support. You do not have to support Compass, the organisation promoting it, to see its enormous value in the present situation.

It is not a programme in itself but is nonetheless very important in recognising the widespread dysfunctionality of the current system – and one small step towards a new social and economic order.

110 MPs and Peers call on the Chancellor to introduce a Recovery Universal Basic Income (UBI) in response to the coronavirus crisis.

22nd April 2019 – Neal Lawson of Compass writes:

As it stands, the Government’s support schemes are not equipped to see us through the many social and economic crises of coronavirus.

Over the last few weeks we’ve seen the gaps that have left too many people and families struggling.

For many, financial insecurity was a feature of everyday life already. But the new level of economic uncertainty we now face will loom large for months, if not years, to come.

The truth is when this lockdown ends, there may be another one in waiting. Our pubs and shops won’t be teeming with people on day one. Scores of furloughed staff might lose their jobs when the scheme ends and not find the opportunities to match.

We don’t know when regular life will resume. 

But we do know that the tools of today are not fit to safeguard an entire country’s wellbeing during this period of unprecedented, universal uncertainty.

We need better tools. 

That’s why a Universal Basic Income (UBI) must form a crucial part of the Government’s recovery plan.

UBI is an unconditional regular cash payment made to everyone. It’s the quickest and most effective way to give us all the security we need to rebuild our lives and jumpstart our economy.

Now can you help us show the Government that there’s public support to match the emerging consensus in Parliament? Co-sign our letter now. 

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Co-signed by 110 MPs and Peers:

Tahir Ali, MP (LAB)
Paula Barker, MP (LAB)
Kevin Brennan, MP (LAB)
Chris Lennie, MP (LAB)
Clive Lewis, MP (LAB)
Rachael Maskell, MP (LAB)
John McDonnell, MP (LAB)
Ian Mearns, MP (LAB)
Grahame Morris, MP (LAB)
Kate Osamor, MP (LAB)
Kate Osborne, MP (LAB)
Bell Ribeiro-Addy, MP (LAB)
Alex Sobel, MP (LAB)
Sam Tarry, MP (LAB)
David Triesman, MP (LAB)
Claudia Webbe, MP (LAB)
Nadia Whittome, MP (LAB)
Beth Winter, MP (LAB)

Baroness Kay Andrews (LAB)
Baroness Hilary Armstrong (LAB)
Baroness Jean Corston (LAB)
Baroness Christine Crawley (LAB)
Baroness Rita Donaghy (LAB)
Baroness Mary Goudie (LAB)
Baroness Anna Healy (LAB)
Baroness Helena Kennedy QC (LAB)
Baroness Helen Liddell (LAB)
Baroness Denise Kingsmill (LAB)
Baroness Ruth Lister (LAB)
Baroness Doreen Massey (LAB)
Baroness Susan Nye (LAB)
Baroness Dawn Primarolo (LAB)
Baroness Margaret Prosser (LAB)
Baroness Meta Ramsay (LAB)
Baroness Janet Royall (LAB)
Baroness Ann Taylor (LAB)
Baroness Joyce Quin QC (LAB)
Baroness Diana Warwick (LAB)

Lord Willy Bach (LAB)
Lord Paul Boateng (LAB)
Lord Keith Bradley (LAB)
Lord Clive Brooke (LAB)
Lord Des Browne (LAB)
Lord Meghnad Desai (LAB)
Lord Paul Drayson (LAB)
Lord George Foulkes (LAB)
Lord Peter Hain (LAB)
Lord Toby Harris (LAB)
Lord Simon Haskel (LAB)
Lord Alan Howarth (LAB)
Lord Philip Hunt (LAB)
Lord Jim Knight (LAB)
Lord Clive Soley (LAB)

Daisy Cooper, MP (LIB DEM)
Wendy Chamberlain, MP (LIB DEM)

Sir Ed Davey, MP (LIB DEM)
Christine Jardine, MP (LIB DEM)
Layla Moran, MP (LIB DEM)

Baroness Kath Pinnock (LIB DEM)
Baroness Claire Tyler (LIB DEM)
Baroness Lorely Burt (LIB DEM)
Baroness Joan Walmsley (LIB DEM)
Baroness Shas Sheehan (LIB DEM)
Baroness Meral Hussein-Ece OBE (LIB DEM)
Baroness Sharon Bowles (LIB DEM)
Baroness Dorothy Thornhill MBE (LIB DEM)

Lord Malcolm Bruce (LIB DEM)
Lord Paul Strasburger (LIB DEM)
Lord Tim Clement-Jones (LIB DEM)

Caroline Lucas, MP (GREEN)
Baroness Natalie Bennett (GREEN)
Baroness Jenny Jones (GREEN)

Hywel Williams, MP (PLAID)
Liz Saville Roberts, MP (PLAID)
Jonathan Edwards, MP (PLAID)
Ben Lake, MP (PLAID)

Alan Brown, MP (SNP)
Hannah Bardell, MP (SNP)
Mhairi Black, MP (SNP)
Ian Blackford, MP (SNP)
Steven Bonnar, MP (SNP)
Stephen Flynn, MP (SNP)
Marion Fellows, MP (SNP)
Margaret Ferrier, MP (SNP)
Amy Callaghan, MP (SNP)
Ronnie Cowan, MP (SNP)
Angela Crawley, MP (SNP)
Martyn Day, MP (SNP)
Allan Dorans, MP (SNP)
Patrick Grady, MP (SNP)
Neil Gray, MP (SNP)
David Linden, MP (SNP)
Kenny MacAskill, MP (SNP)
Angus MacNeil, MP (SNP)
Stuart McDonald, MP (SNP)
Anne McLaughlin, MP (SNP)
John McNally, MP (SNP)
Carol Monoghan, MP (SNP)
Kirsten Oswald, MP (SNP)
Tommy Sheppard, MP (SNP)
Chris Stephens, MP (SNP)
Alison Thewliss, MP (SNP)
Alyn Smith, MP (SNP)
Owen Thompson, MP (SNP)
Richard Thomson, MP (SNP)
Dr Philippa Whitford, MP (SNP)

Claire Hanna, MP (SDLP)
Colum Eastwood, MP (SDLP)

Dr. Stephen Farry, MP (ALLIANCE)

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Comments (1)

  • Doug says:

    Why universal, why not a basic income below which no one drops, it’s called the safety net
    Or after my 20 odd years in the free advice sector and a failed A level in economics its called ‘Opportunity Cost ‘
    You have UBI you cannot have free tuition fees or compensate WASPI women or free internet
    Life is about priorities,
    Universal Credit is the quickest way to get money to those who need it

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