Green Party Co-Leader to speak at World Basic Income Conference in Salford

Green Party Co-Leader Jonathan Bartley will be in Salford this February, speaking at the world’s first ever conference to explore the idea of worldwide basic income. The event is hosted by the new Manchester-based organisation World Basic Income, an independent group campaigning for a global cash scheme to address inequality and poverty.

The conference will bring together experts, campaigners, academics and the public to discuss and explore the concept and practical applications of a world basic income.

Paul Harnett, Development Economist and Co-Director of World Basic Income said this about the scheme:

“Our vision is that in a decade or three, every country has its own national basic income, while the ultimate safety net and redistribution between countries is provided by a world basic income. It’s a big vision, but a workable one, and no less than the world deserves. There is more than enough global wealth to pay for it, and the technology exists to put it into action immediately.”

“No one is saying this is a simple scheme to put in place. But it is a real practical plan, which could end extreme poverty, share resources more fairly, and help to solve a raft of social problems.”

Jonathan Bartley will be amongst a number of other speakers in attendance including Hillel Steiner (University of Manchester), Aderonke Apata (Manchester Migrant Solidarity) and Labour’s Cllr John Merry, Deputy Mayor of Salford.

The first annual World Basic Income conference will be held at Sacred Trinity Church in Salford on the 4th of February 2017, from 1pm to 6pm. Full details are available via the World Basic Income website at