Citizen's Income Trust

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"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 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, BIRG 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... CIT 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 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." [1]

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

"The article that Patrick Wintour wrote in the Guardian on the 27th January was partly based on an Institute for Social and Economic Research research paper, 'A Feasible Way to Implement a Citizen's Income',that we put on our website last October and that we have recently republished in the Citizen's Income Newsletter. This shows that the Citizen's Income scheme outlined in our 2013 introductory booklet would generate losses for some households with low disposable incomes ( - most of these losses would be small). Given the markedly reduced marginal deduction rates that these households would then experience, recouping small losses through additional earnings would be much easier than it would be under the current means-tested benefits system...The Green Party has not yet published details of its Citizen's Income scheme. Our research shows that if a Citizen's Income of £72 per week for working age adults (more for older people, less for younger people and children) were to be implemented then it would be perfectly possible to do so without imposing losses on low-income households. " [2]


  • Money for Everyone: Why we need a Citizen's Income, by Malcolm Torry

Board of Trustees

Accessed February 2015: [3]



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  1. Citizen's Income Trust FAQ, organizational web page, accessed February 8, 2015 .
  2. Citizen's Income Trust Home, organizational web page, accessed February 8, 2015 .
  3. Citizen's Income Trust FAQ, organizational web page, accessed February 8, 2015 .