The Progressive Economy Forum at the Labour Party Conference

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I am a member of the Progressive Economy Forum. I am not a member of the Labour Party, or any other party come to that. But I thought it worth sharing this blog in case it is of interest to readers going to the Labour Party conference. The book referred to in the second event includes a short chapter by me:

PEF at the Labour Party Conference 2019

This year PEF will be running two events at the Labour Party Conference in Brighton. One will be on ‘Basic Income as Common Dividends’ with Dr Guy Standing on 22 September at 12:00 and the other on ‘Designing a Progressive Budget’ on 23 September at 17:30.

Basic Income as Common Dividends – A Report for John McDonnell

Dr Guy Standing (Professorial Research Associate at SOAS, a founder and honorary co-president of Basic Income Earth Network and member of the PEF Council) is a world authority on basic income. He is the author of Basic Income as Common Dividends: Piloting A Transformative Policy, a report published by PEF and presented to Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer John McDonnell.

In this fringe event at the Holiday Inn, King’s Road at Labour Party Conference, hosted by PEF, Guy Standing will set out the case for a basic income in the UK and explore how pilots could be designed. Drawing from the arguments in his report for John McDonnell, Guy Standing will argue that a basic income could play a significant role in addressing the challenges of our era – from insecurity to inequality to automation.

Pilots of basic income have been tried in many countries, most recently the Netherlands and Finland. Now momentum is building for pilots here in the UK.

Due to speak on the panel:

  • John McDonnell MP, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer (TBC)
  • Kweku Amonoo-Quyst

This event will be at the Ashdown 2 Room, Holiday Inn Brighton, Kings Road, BN1 2JF from 12:00 to 14:00 on Sunday 22nd September. More details and full line-up TBC.

This event is outside of the main conference zone and therefore does not require a conference pass. For more information please contact

Designing a Progressive Budget

After nearly a decade of economic stagnation the UK needs a progressive macroeconomic programme to replace neoliberalism and address the great challenges of our time, from climate breakdown to inequality. We will be hosting a fringe event discussing the economic policies needed to deliver lasting change and the ideas in the new PEF and PRIME book Rethinking Britain: Policy Ideas for the Many (Policy Press).

On our panel will be:

  • Patrick Allen, Founder and Chair of the Progressive Economy Forum
  • Clive Lewis MP, Shadow Minister for Sustainable Economics
  • John Weeks, Coordinator of the PEF Council and Emeritus Professor of Economics at SOAS, University of London
  • Sue Konzelmann, PEF Council member, Reader in Management at Birkbeck University and Co-Executive Editor of Cambridge Journal of Economics
  • Stephany Griffith-Jones, PEF Council member and Financial Markets Director at the Initiative for Policy Dialogue, Columbia University
  • Danny Dorling, PEF Council member and Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography, University of Oxford
  • John McDonnel MP

This event will be in Durham Hall 1 at the Hilton Brighton Metropole, Kings Road, BN1 2FU from 17:30 to 19:00 on Monday 23rd September. More details TBC.

Rethinking Britain: Policy Ideas for the Many is edited by PEF Council members Sue KonzelmannSusan Himmelweit and John Weeks and Jeremy Smith, Co-Director of PRIME.

This event is inside the conferences ‘secure zone’ and therefore requires a conference pass. For more information please contact