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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"
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The Social Guarantee in action.  

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

A Social Guarantee in 2023
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A Social Guarantee in 2023
Grace Blakeley, James Meadway, Laurie Laybourn, Mathew Lawrence and Richard Murphy all talk about how we can build a better economy in 2023
James Meadway talks about inflation
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James Meadway talks about inflation
As inflation remains at 10.7%, hammering people and our public services, economists James Meadway explains what’s causing it, how pay relates to inflation, and what the government should be doing about it.
How do you build a strong economy?
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How do you build a strong economy?
Only with a flourishing society can we build a strong economy that works for everyone Public services are vital for a thriving economy, and should be the first thing we look to shore up.
Our energy system is broken. We need to rethink it
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Our energy system is broken. We need to rethink it
At the centre of the cost of living scandal is the soaring price of household energy. It is time for a new approach to make sure everyone gets enough to meet their basic needs – not just today but in the future too. Read our paper on a Social Guarantee for Energy here
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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Provisioning for our needs within a fair consumption space

This think piece for the Hot or Cool Institute explores how universal basic services can contribute to decarbonising our economy and building a just transition by securing social foundations below which no one should fall, and by ensuring equity for all within the space and by avoiding breach of the ecological ceiling.


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