'Basic Income: How Do We Get There?' Resources & Materials

Thank you to everyone who travelled from far and wide to join us for a day discussing Universal Basic Income in Sheffield.

We wanted to share a record of the day, as well as any other further reading/watching.

If you have any queries or cannot access any documents shared here, please email us.

UBI Lab Sheffield team

INTRODUCTION

PLENARY SESSION

Karen Webber (Methodist Church), Jack Perry (CBINS), Becca Kirkpatrick (Basic Income UK) and Patrick Hurley (Liverpool City Council) give their thoughts on how we get to a basic income. Chaired by Simon Duffy.

LAUNCH OF UBI LAB SHEFFIELD WORKING PAPER ON A PILOT PROPOSAL

Working paper on a pilot proposal (PDF)

Presentation slides (PDF)

LOBBYING & CONNECTING LOCALLY

How to work with local parties, councils, boards, other local groups – lessons from Birmingham and Liverpool. Workshop with Becca Kirkpatrick and Patrick Hurley

Presentation slides (PDF)

Tips for Lobbying MPs (PDF)

Local Power Analysis (PDF)

ALTERNATIVE WAYS OF COMMUNICATING UBI

What barriers do we face when trying to promote the idea of Basic Income? Could art be an effective tool in overcoming ideological resistance? With Toby Lloyd and Karen Webber

(Presentation forthcoming)

HOW WOULD BASIC INCOME MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO YOU?

Perspectives on a Basic Income - UBI LAB Sheffield project in association with University of Sheffield following three people

Daz's Story - inspiring story curated by Basic Income UK

Between Eating and Sleeping - Toby Lloyd’s art project gathering public stories

WORKING WITH AND LEARNING FROM OTHER GROUPS

What arguments work best for different groups? What tools are most useful for advocating UBI? And how best to trial it? A workshop with Jack Perry and Cleo Goodman.

Presentation slides (PDF)

See also this blog post

BUILDING BASIC INCOME IN THE UK

Exploring where we are and where we go next. Discussing what kind of response there has been to activity so far and how to progress, from roadshows to lobbying councils to local pilots. With Barb Jacobson

RECOMMENDED FURTHER READING/WATCHING

For a summary of the argument that basic income is critical for tackling climate change, see Clive Lord’s blog

Louise Haagh - Basic Income and community

Malcolm Torry - 101 reasons for a citizens income

Guy Standing - Basic Income: and how we can make it happen (TED talk here)

Scott Santens - Frequently asked questions about UBI

Pros and Cons of UBI - Top 3 pros and cons

Rutger Bregman - Utopia for Realists (short animation here)

Scottish Basic Income Steering Group - Exploring the practicalities of a basic income pilot

QUOTES

“Our existing complex and inefficient benefits system should finally be laid to rest; otherwise all the talk about improving the number of people going back to work will be just another form of empty rhetoric.” - Ian Duncan Smith

“True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.” - Martin Luther King Jr.

In responding to critiques it is important to say, “I take that on board, but what we have now just does not work” - Guy Standing

LINKS

Basic Income UK

CBINS and their mailing list

Citizens Income Trust

European social survey - country by country support for a UBI

High Pay Centre

Ethos Magazine

Adam Smith Institute - Basic Income around the world

Thomas Piketty - Capital (TED talk here)

Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson - The Spirit Level (see also The Equality Trust)

UBI Lab Sheffield