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A year on: Covid's winners and losers

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Ahead of his Budget statement, chancellor Rishi Sunak received a petition, signed by more than 135,000 people, calling on him to introduce a Basic Income "to help our country recover from the social and economic shock of the COVID crisis".

The petition is still live and the number of signatories keeps growing, so sign it if you haven't.

The chancellor's budget statement will no doubt bring relief for some and more agony for others. A year into pandemic upheaval, it is clear that Covid-19 has created accidental winners and many accidental losers. The need for a policy of basic economic security for all becomes more and more urgent. 

Not only is UBI that policy, but it is one that can galvanise people across the political spectrum, as this recent PhD study at Stanford University shows. In these polarised times, UBI is a policy where everyone can find common ground.
Meanwhile, over in the US, the massive $1.9 trillion Covid relief bill is working its way through Congress. When finally approved, it will include a one-off cheque of $1,400 for almost every American.

This is the second time an across-the-board nearly-unconditional payment to individuals has been approved. It is not Basic Income (because it is still a one-off and not a regular payment), but it shows that the idea of unconditional payments as a right of citizenship is no longer a fringe thought but part of mainstream politics. 

It has taken a global pandemic to move the needle (in the same way that it took a global war to create the National Health Service), but now UBI must take centre stage.
You too can help raise the profile of UBI. Here are some things you can do this month:

A cross party group on Basic Income has been set up, with the aim of bringing together politicians from all levels of government (national, local, regional) to discuss and campaign for a UBI. You can write to your elected representatives and encourage them to join this group and campaign for UBI.

If you are going to be voting for a mayor in the upcoming local elections, ask your preferred candidate to sign up to the Mayoral candidates pledge to support trials of UBI in your community and lobby the Government to legislate for and fund the trials.

If you live in Wales, get your candidate to sign up to this pledge to support UBI trials in Wales.

Attend these events:
UBI Lab Newbury launch event. Featuring Scott Santens, one of the foremost UBI advocates in the world.
Thursday, March 4
7:00 PM  8:30 PM

UBI Lab Wales in conversation with Sophie Howe, Catherine Fookes, Lydia Godden, Rachel Pedley and Allison Hulmes, hosted by UBI Lab Swansea co-founder Lowri Walters. 
Hear about the Lab's latest initiative: asking Senedd candidates to sign a pledge supporting trials of Universal Basic Income.
Thursday, March 4
7:00 PM  8:30 PM

Join one of the numerous local UBI Labs around the country. Or create your own!
Here are some things to read and watch (after you've listened to our podcast, of course!):

February was LGBT+ history month. The UBI Lab network published a series of blog posts about UBI from an LGBT+ perspective.

Here are two reflections on UBI and domestic violence:

Also, some thoughts on the lasting impact of money worries on mental health.

Finally, What would a Basic Income mean for you? The folk at the Organise Network asked people around the UK for this video.

Resources on Coronavirus and Basic Income debate
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