About the Citizen’s Basic Income Trust

1. What is the Citizen’s Basic Income Trust?

The Citizen’s Basic Income Trust (formerly the Citizen’s Income Trust) promotes debate on the desirability and feasibility of a Citizen’s Basic Income by publishing a newsletter and other publications, maintaining this website, maintaining a library of resources, and responding to requests for information.

The charitable trust, the Citizen’s Basic Income Trust, takes its name from the concept of a universal, citizen’s or basic income for all citizens who are legal residents of this country. The organisation used to be called the Basic Income Research Group, which was formed in 1984 under the auspices of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), to research all aspects of reform along the lines of a Citizen’s Basic Income. The association with NCVO continued until 1987, when BIRG became independent. In 1989, BIRG became a registered charity (no. 328198) and in 1992, it changed its name to the Citizen’s Income Trust because social security reform is an important part of the wider debate about the nature of citizenship. In 2017 the Citizen’s Income Trust became a Charitable Incorporated Organisation and changed its name to Citizen’s Basic Income Trust (registered no. 1171533).

2. Is CBIT politically independent?

Yes. CBIT is independent of all political parties and it is not a pressure group. Its aim is to promote debate about the feasibility and desirability of a Citizen’s Basic Income, not to campaign for one. The only organisation to which it is affiliated is the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN) (formerly the Basic Income European Network), which it helped to found in 1986.

3. What does CBIT do?

CBIT’s trustees and its Director pursue and encourage debate about the concept of Citizen’s Basic Income across a wide variety of institutions. The Trust publishes a regular Citizen’s Income Newsletter and introductory material, undertakes occasional research projects, holds conferences and seminars, and maintains a website and a library.

4. Who manages the Citizen’s Basic Income Trust?

Ultimate responsibility for the work of CBIT lies with its Trustees who are: Simon Duffy (chair), Jake Eliot, Anne Gray, Neal Lawson, Annie Miller, Gareth Morgan and Stuart White.

Louise Haagh and Guy Standing are patrons of CBIT; and Luke Martinelli and Anthony Painter are associates.

Daniel Mermelstein, Nilhan Jayasinghe and Mike Turnham provide voluntary support.

5. Where does the money come from to run CBIT?

The Citizen’s Basic Income Trust is funded by donations from individuals and charitable trusts. A copy of the most recently independently examined accounts is available on request.

6. How can I participate?

In the following ways:

  • by signing up to receive our monthly updates and Citizen’s Income Newsletter (sign up on the right hand side of this page)
  • by encouraging debate through local organisations and the media, and
  • through donating to the Trust’s funds.

7. Privacy statement

Preservation of your privacy is important to the Citizen’s Basic Income Trust, and we are committed to letting you know how we use your personal information and to making only responsible use of your data.

References to “we”, “us”, “you” or “our” in this Privacy Policy are references to the Citizen’s Basic Income Trust, a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, charity registration number 1171533.

1. Information about you

1.1   We will collect personal information from you when you correspond with us or sign up to receive our monthly email update newsletter. This may include your name, title, email address, physical address, telephone numbers, and job title.

2. Our use of this information

2.1   Your personal information will only be used in relation to the purposes expressed in your correspondence with us, and to send you our monthly email updates following your registration to receive it.

2.2   We will not share your information with any other individual or organisation without your express consent.

3. Security

3.1   We will take reasonable precautions to prevent the loss, misuse or alteration of information you give to us.

3.2   Communications that we send by email will not be in an encrypted form. Email, unless encrypted, is not a fully secure means of communication. Whilst we endeavour to keep our systems and communications protected against viruses and other harmful effects, we cannot bear responsibility for all communications being virus-free.

4. Cookies

4.1   CBIT does not currently use cookies on its website. If cookies are used in the future then they will only be used to assist the purposes set out in this privacy policy, but cookies will not be used if we do not consider them to be necessary.

5. Other information

5.1   If you would like us to correct or update any information, or if you would like information deleted from our records, then please email us at info@citizensincome.org

5.2   This privacy policy may be updated from time to time, so please check it periodically.

5.3   Links within our sites to other websites are not covered by this privacy policy.