Leeds is indeed a growing city however, it also sees its fair share of poverty. According to this piece, one in every 8,794 people in Leeds are considered homeless and 19% of the population are living in absolute poverty.
We feel that in an otherwise wealthy economy, this is shocking and unacceptable.
Why trial the UBI in Leeds?
We believe that Basic Income could provide an elegant solution to many critical social problems, as well as enhance the quality of life for those who are not so unfortunate. Our mission is to run a UBI pilot in Leeds to test this theory. We believe that UBI has the potential to:
- Eliminate rough sleeping and absolute poverty
- Enable those working precarious jobs to gain greater control over their lives
- Empower entrepreneurs to take greater risks
- Help reduce carbon emissions by enabling more flexible working
- Encourage social participation, such as engagement in democracy and volunteering, by relieving financial and time pressures.
If you’d like to support this campaign, here’s how to get involved.