Universal Basic Services: Provisioning for our needs within a fair consumption space
This think piece explores how investment in UBS will yield substantial benefits in terms of equity, efficiency, solidarity and sustainability.
Hot or Cool Institute
A Social Guarantee to Meet Everyone’s Needs
within Environmental Limits
The Social Guarantee offers a principled framework to address three interlinked crises that are all rooted in a failed economic system: soaring living costs, widening inequalities and the climate emergency.
The case for a Social Guarantee: Universal access to life’s essentials
As Britain’s economy and society gradually reopen and we begin to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic, we face big questions about what should come next.
Heinrich Boell Stiftung
A Social Guarantee
As Britain gradually reopens and we begin to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic, we face big questions about what should come next.
New Economics Foundation
Daniel Button, Anna Coote
1.5-Degree Lifestyles: Towards a Fair Consumption Space for All
In a world with a fast-shrinking global carbon budget, coupled with vast inequalities, how do we allocate the remaining carbon allowance fairly?
Hot or Cool Institute
Lewis Akenji, Magnus Bengtsson, Viivi Toivio, Michael Lettenmeier, Tina Fawcett, Yael Parag, Yamina Saheb, Anna Coote, Joachim H. Spangenberg, Stuart Capstick, Tim Gore, Luca Coscieme, Mathis Wackernagel, Dario Kenner
UBS and sustainable consumption
This Policy brief explores the contribution that public services can make to reducing consumption across society.
Sustainability: Science, Practice and Policy
Universal Quality Public Services
This report on Universal Quality Public Services helps unions build strong arguments for extended public services as the bedrock for the Covid-19 recovery.
Public Services International
Revitalising Local Communities
This paper proposes placing the meeting of needs at the centre of all economic activity in order to revitalise communities in a way that enables a low-carbon, gender equal future.
Womens Budget Group
UBS: Building our Social Infrastructure
A short background paper laying out the case for Universal Basic Services and the way in which they should be implemented in the UK.
UBS and the Foundational Economy
This working paper published explores the synergies between Universal Basic Services and the Foundational Economy
Universal Basic Services: Theory and Practice
In this report, the Institute for Global Prosperity (IGP) continues to lead the effort to promote a more socially orientated vision of the future through Universal Basic Services.
Institute for Global Prosperity
Anna Coote, Pritika Kasliwal and Andrew Percy
UBS: A Theoretical and Moral Framework
This article provides a theoretical justification for extending the delivery of public services, as an alternative to the longer-standing argument for Universal Basic Income (UBI).
London School of Economics
Our new series, the Social Guarantee Discussion Papers will explore different concepts within the Social Guarantee in detail. Our aim is to stimulate discussion and debate around the aims and principles of a system designed around meeting people's needs.
Social Guarantee Discussion Papers
In response to the Energy Crisis, this paper puts forward proposals for a Social Guarantee for Energy. It argues for a universal basic energy allowance, a special tariff for public services and collectively owned energy generators, transmission networks and retail suppliers,
A fundamental factor contributing to the inequalities in our economy is who owns what. Maeve Cohen explores what ownership models are best suited for ensuring that everyone has a meaningful say in the design and delivery of the services they depend on.
Anna Coote considers what we mean by 'universal services'. The need for life’s essentials is universal, but how such needs are met varies widely between locations, cultures and generations. This paper examines the implications for delivering the Social Guarantee.
We frequently write reports and publications for like minded organisations and partners such as the New Economics Foundation, Heinrich Boll Foundation and The Foundational Economy Collective.