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We're creating alliances and networks among local practitioners and national policymakers. We bring together allies and like-minded organisations to encourage debate and learning from leaders and innovators.



We're building support for the Social Guarantee through public and political discussion, with a strong focus on manifestos for the next election. We're reaching out to policy-makers and opinion formers, producing blogs and media coverage, organising and contributing to events, and building our social media presence.



We're building knowledge about all aspects of the Social Guarantee, including examples of good practice and data on costs and benefits.  We collate and showcase relevant publications and generate new research and analysis.


Vision & Goals

An economy for people and the planet. A society where everyone can flourish and feel secure.

“The Social Guarantee enshrines universal services so that everyone has access to life’s essentials, according to need, not ability to pay"
Kids in Preschool
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The Social Guarantee in action.  

Our project team and guests explore our principles, work and examples

Public Services are Green
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Public Services are Green
The Social Guarantee is an approach to managing the economy that prioritises the needs of people and planet. It is built on the principle that everyone should have access to life’s essentials. Essentials such as housing, energy, care, transport and of course, a healthy planet. This is achieved by pooling our resources and building strong public services that are accessible to everyone.
A Green Public Transport System
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A Green Public Transport System
What would an affordable, green #publictransport system cost to build? And would it be worth it? In our brand new video Kam Gill outlines the findings of a recent report by the TUC with contributions from ASLEF, RMT, TSSA & Unite
A National Energy Guarantee
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A National Energy Guarantee
Alex Chapman at the New Economics Foundation explains how we can reform our failing energy system to meet people's needs and meet our environmental targets with a National Energy Guarantee. Read his paper here:
The Women's Budget Group respond to the budget
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The Women's Budget Group respond to the budget
Sara Reis explains why Jeremy Hunt's announcements on childcare fail nurseries, mothers and children
The Social Guarantee is hosted by PRIME and proudly supported by Network for Social Change, the Polden-Puckham Charitable Foundation, the Barry Amiel & Norman Melburn Trust and Thirty Percy.



The Social Guarantee makes sure everyone's basic needs are met. It shows how more and better public services can deliver life's essentials within environmental limits. Enough for all, so that everyone can have enough, now and for future generations.

What is the Social Guarantee? 

Child Care

Free or genuinely affordable care for every child under school age.


No-one without a decent, affordable, secure, sustainable home.


Reliable, connected, affordable public transport for all.

Adult Social Care

Everyone gets the care they need. A well-trained, suitably rewarded workforce.

Internet Access

Universal access to digital skills, equipment and networks.


The Social Guarantee is not just delivering services.

The Social Guarantee is not just delivering services. For each of life’s essentials, there has to be a different package of measures. As well as service provision by governments or NGOs, ingredients include state regulation and investment, local initiatives and individual action. Details vary widely but in each case the package complies with the same set of principles. 

Examples from different countries suggest what the Social Guarantee could look like in practice.

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Investing in Universal Basic Services (UBS) must be a top priority for environmentalists. The Social Guarantee’s latest report, co-authored with the New Economics Foundation, sets out why this matters, how it can be achieved and what difference it will make. 

Meeting needs within limits

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