is the Citizen's Income Trust?
charitable trust, the Citizen's Income Trust, takes its name from
the concept of a universal or basic income guaranteed to 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 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.
Citizen's Income Trust, P.O. Box 26586, London SE3 7WY
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.citizensincome.org.uk
Is CIT politically independent?
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
European Network (BIEN), which it helped to found in 1986.
Where does the money come from to run CIT?
Citizen's Income Trust is funded by subscriptions and donations
from individuals and charitable trusts. A copy of the most recent
audited accounts is available on request.
What does CIT do?
trustees, staff and subscribers pursue debate about the concept
of Citizen's Income across a wide variety of institutions both
here and abroad. It publishes a regular Newsletter and convenes
working groups and publishes their reports. It holds conferences
and seminars and sponsors regional activity. It publishes information
leaflets and responds to requests for information. It maintains
a library and has produced a short video explaining the idea of
Who manages Citizen's Income Trust ?
responsibility lies with CIT's trustees, who appoint a director.
CI also has a group of specialist advisers . The Trustees are:
Anne Miller (chair), Philip Vince (secretary and treasurer), Jurgen
de Wispelaere, Keith Dowding, Ruth Lister, Susan Raven, and Karl
Director is Dr. Malcolm Torry
How can you participate?
two ways. First by contributing financially, and second by encouraging
debate through local organisations and the media.
depend on the issue of Citizen's Income being popularised through
individual contact with local organisations, trade unions and
"The objects of the Trust are to advance public education
about the national economic and social effects and influences
of Basic Income Systems
( . . . which guarantee to each and every man, woman and child
the unconditional right to an independent income)" (From
the Citizen's Income Trust Deed.)