What would a Universal Basic Income mean for You?

A basic income is a payment from the state to every citizen and permanent resident on an individual basis, without any means test or work requirement. It would be sufficient to live a frugal but decent lifestyle without supplementary income from paid work. Basic income would have an impact in many different ways.

Online conference to explore how Universal Basic Income can best be implemented in Ireland
Online conference to explore how Universal Basic Income can best be implemented in Ireland

Basic Income Ireland Forum 2020 will hear from leading experts on how Basic Income can be piloted in Ireland International leaders in the design and implementation of Universal Basic Income (UBI) p…

European Citizens’ Initiative for Basic Income
European Citizens’ Initiative for Basic Income

On 25 September 2020, a coalition of Universal Basic Income activist groups across Europe launched a petition to the Europe Commission, calling for the introduction of UBI schemes throughout the Europ…

Programme for Government Commitment to trial Universal Basic Income welcomed by Basic Income Ireland
Programme for Government Commitment to trial Universal Basic Income welcomed by Basic Income Ireland

For immediate release: Press Release / Preasráiteas – June 15 Meitheamh 2020 Basic Income Ireland, the national body for the promotion of a Universal Basic Income (UBI) in Ireland, has welcom…

Me at 20
Me at 20

A friend of Basic Income Ireland shares their experience, in response to the #MeAt20 trend on social media. ‘Me at 20’ is one of main the reasons I actively campaign for the introduction of a Unive…

Emergency call for a Universal Basic Income in the Republic of Ireland
Emergency call for a Universal Basic Income in the Republic of Ireland

SIGN THE PETITION Covid-19 has caused a worldwide crisis in public health, economy and society, as well as for individuals and households. It requires new, imaginative government measures along wit…

Press Release: Basic Income Ireland calls for a UBI to promote inclusion, equality and solidarity in this time of emergency
Press Release: Basic Income Ireland calls for a UBI to promote inclusion, equality and solidarity in this time of emergency

For immediate release: Press Release / Preasráiteas – March 24 Márta 2020 Basic Income Ireland calls for a Universal Basic Income to promote inclusion, equality and solidarity in this time of …

Basic Income in the 2020 Irish General Election
Basic Income in the 2020 Irish General Election

We invite voters in the upcoming 2020 Irish Elections to contact your local candidates who support basic income. The following is a summary of pro-basic income parties and candidates as well as links …

Basic Income Ireland calls for Carbon Tax to be paid as Green Dividend to Individuals
Basic Income Ireland calls for Carbon Tax to be paid as Green Dividend to Individuals

As Ireland steps up its action to address the climate emergency and build a better future for our children, Basic Income Ireland shares the concern to ensure a just transition, protecting those least …

New Basic Income Ireland Website
New Basic Income Ireland Website

We are thrilled to announce our new website with a new domain – BasicIncome.ie Six years after our last refresh, we’ve given the site a new look and feel that reflects the ambitions of the Irish ba…

Basic Income Ireland September Roadshows (2018)
Basic Income Ireland September Roadshows (2018)

Basic Income Ireland are pleased to announce that we will be running a series of  events across Ireland during Sept 2018. Please come along if there is an event near you. The events are free …

Annual Forum – 2017
Annual Forum – 2017

Basic Income Ireland invites you mark International Basic Income Week 2017 by joining us at our Annual Forum. When: Saturday, 16th September, 10am – 4pm Venue: Carmelite Comm…

Public Book Launch – Pennies From Heaven
Public Book Launch – Pennies From Heaven

“Universal Basic Income: Pennies from Heaven” by Paul O’Brien is now available from bookstores and online. Paul is a member of Basic Income Ireland, and the book develops themes that the group have be…

Workers
Workers

How does basic income help employed people? The issues: Basic income is relevant to the issues faced by employees in many different ways. This is a selection of the relevant issues employees f…

Unemployed People
Unemployed People

How does basic income help with being unemployed? The issues: Under the current welfare system people can be forced into work that they find morally or socially unacceptableUnder the current sy…

Entrepreneurs
Entrepreneurs

How does basic income support entrepreneurship and self-employment? The issues: Society benefits from entrepreneurship, yet budding entrepreneurs and people considering self employment face ma…

Young People
Young People

How does basic income respond to the issues facing young people? The Issues: Young people find themselves under tremendous pressure from an early age to make life choices. Unless their familie…

Carers
Carers

How does basic income support caring? The issues: We all need care from others, particularly when we are young, ill or infirmWe are all potential carers – as parents, children, spouses, and o…

Farmers
Farmers

How does basic income support farmers? The issues: Farming, as a business, takes many forms, including family farms, privately owned small-scale growing, membership-based Community Supported F…

Artists
Artists

How does basic income support artistic and creative work? The issues: Artistic and creative work adds economic value to society, but it is often valued only for its potential contribution to e…

A Guest Post from a Canadian Supporter of Basic Income Ireland

When Basic Income Ireland members do a presentation on basic income, we always get asked about costings. So that’s why we have spent some time working on them, and you can see an example in our lea…

Basic income would affect different people’s lives in many different ways. Imagine yourself and others having a basic income. Consider its benefits for you and for people you know. What would life be like?

Send us your ideas and we will include a selection of them here. Your ideas could take the form of a simple email, a song, a drawing, painting or cartoon, a sketch, a video – however you feel most comfortable in expressing yourself. Let your imagination flow!

Here’s one response we’ve received to this question:

Nathan Jackson runs a small organic farm business in Co Kildare. He receives the Back-to-work Enterprise Allowance (BTEA), but a basic income would be much more beneficial for his business. Nathan writes:
“Whilst BTEA is definitely a help, the reality is it won’t cover me for long enough to allow the business to begin replacing my income, even at welfare levels. That is, I’m probably 3-5 years away from being able to draw €200 a week from the business, however my BTEA will be only €150 per week by next May (2013) and gone altogether by May 2014. If I had a basic income this wouldn’t be a problem but under the current system itis probably the biggest headache I face as well as a constant source of pressure to ‘sell out’ or begin doing things against my value system, against the nature of the project, but in favour of market economics. For example it was my goal to make the food I produce affordable to the average person, it’s now looking like I’ll have to make a t least a few products such as ice-cream and tomato sauce that won’t be affordable to the averae person and will have to be sold via gourmet food shops, shops which are in reality the preserve of the well to do.”