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Want to have your say on what a basic income pilot in London should look like?
Published on March 24, 2023 by Rebecca

Hi neighbours,

We’re getting in touch to share details about an event being run by our universal basic income project partners - the Basic Income Conversation. The evening (on 6 April 2023) will provide an opportunity to learn more about a basic income and have your say on what a London pilot should look like. There will also be free food and drinks! Newham can send 3 representatives so if you’re interested have a read of the information below and follow the links to register :)

In solidarity,
The Newham Solidarity Fund admin team


A London Basic Income Conversation, Thursday 6th April, 5.30pm-7.45pm

The London Assembly wants your views!

On Thursday 6th April, Londoners from all corners of the city will come together for an evening at City Hall to discuss a universal basic income. Is it an idea whose time has come?

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Basic income is a simple idea: a regular, guaranteed cash payment to all citizens.
Momentum has been building in recent years, with the pandemic showing the urgent need for real economic security in times of crisis. A majority of people in the UK now support it, and a pilot is already being delivered by the Welsh Government.

But a basic income will not, and should not, come from a top-down approach where politicians decide it’s time. It will come from ordinary people demanding an alternative to the economic system which is badly letting them down.

London Assembly Member Zack Polanski will host this event at City Hall, bringing participants into an open conversation about a basic income pilot for London.

It follows the publication of his recent report, 'Involving Londoners in a Basic Income Pilot', and is a step towards putting into practice the proposal that Londoners should be at the heart of the development and design of any pilot.

Attendees will come from a diverse range of community and civil society groups across London. To ensure representation from across London, we will limit invites to 3 per borough.

Once you've registered you will join us at the new City Hall in Royal Docks for the evening, with drinks and food served before a structured conversation on the potential of a basic conversation. Attendees will then have the opportunity to hear from community organisers in Grange in East Finchley, who have already developed a basic income pilot proposal for their neighbourhood. We will conclude with small group discussions on what steps the Mayor could take to deliver a pilot for London.

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17:00 - 17:30 Arrival at City Hall, refreshments on arrival
17:30 - 18:30 A Basic Income Conversation between Londoners from community and civil society groups across the city
18:30 - 18:50 Food and drinks served
18:50 - 19:10 Speeches from Assembly Member Zack Polanski, community organisers from Grange in East Finchley, and the Deputy Mayor for Communities and Social Justice, Debbie Weekes-Bernard (invited).
19:10 - 19:40 Group discussions on what a London pilot should look like, how to build momentum and what the Mayor should do next.
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This event is co-hosted by London Assembly Member Zack Polanski and the Basic Income Conversation, with support from Assembly Members Hina Bokhari, Sian Berry and Caroline Russell.