Resolution Foundation

Things Can Only Get Better?

Stephen Evans | Posted 31.08.2014 | UK Politics
Stephen Evans

The General Election is just 10 months away. But the focus of its debate is a generational challenge to share the benefits of growth, in an environment of ongoing reductions in public spending. The good news is that the current squeeze in living standards is not inevitable and there are choices we make to reach a different outcome.

Most Of Us Stay Trapped On Low Pay For YEARS

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 27.11.2013 | UK

Nearly three out of four workers stayed trapped on low pay over the last decade, a new study by the Resolution Foundation has found. Of the 4.7 mil...

Voters 'Gloomy' About Economic Prospects, Almost Half Believe Living Standards Will Fall By 2015

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 24.04.2013 | UK Politics

Almost half the British public expect to be worse off by the time of the next election in 2015 than they are now a survey has revealed, as George Osbo...

At Last, the Minimum Wage Debate Is Growing Up

James Plunkett | Posted 27.05.2013 | UK Politics
James Plunkett

While low pay and in-work poverty have risen up the economic agenda in recent years, our policy debate has been stuck in a loop. Ask most Labour politicians about low pay and you can expect a well-intentioned but passive mixture of pride in the minimum wage and warm words on the living wage before the topic is changed to the importance of protecting support like working tax credits.

The Real Story Behind This Week's New Job Numbers

James Plunkett | Posted 22.05.2013 | UK Politics
James Plunkett

Amidst this week's economic gloom were two bright spots of the jobs market. First, new stats from the ONS led to widespread reports that employment had again reached record levels, with the number of people in work rising 131,000 in the quarter to 29.7 million. Then the OBR upgraded its forecasts for employment over the next few years.

The Pay Squeeze Just Got Tighter and Longer

James Plunkett | Posted 20.05.2013 | UK Politics
James Plunkett

As always, it's the policy pronouncements that attract the attention on Budget day. A cheap pint is much more interesting than the minutiae of OBR figures. But the big story on Wesndesday in terms of its impact on households didn't come from the Chancellor.

The Road to a Jobs Recovery Is Longer Than It Seems

James Plunkett | Posted 12.05.2013 | UK Politics
James Plunkett

As the prime minister and leading commentators have been fond of pointing out - and rightly so - employment is now back to pre-crisis levels, making this one of the few economic indicators not keeping the Chancellor up at night. Yet step back from a narrow focus on the number of people in work and the challenge we face on employment is daunting.

Former Chief of CBI Denies UK Has Had Uncontrolled Immigration, Tell That to Those on Low to Middle Incomes Who Have Lost Their Jobs Mr Lambert

Janice Atkinson | Posted 15.04.2013 | UK Politics
Janice Atkinson

My view is that uncontrolled immigration has led to wholesale job losses for the unskilled and semi-skilled; put a strain on the housing stock and has led to men in this category earning less than their womenfolk for the first time.

Millions Of Homes Facing Hike In Council Tax Charges

Posted 31.01.2013 | UK

Millions of low-income households face a steep rise in their council tax bills of up to £600 a year from April, with single parents hit the hardest b...

Living Wage Would Pay Workers More And 'Save Treasury £2bn A Year'

PA | Posted 26.02.2013 | UK

The Treasury would save over £2 billion a year if workers were paid the Living Wage because of higher income tax payments and lower spending on benef...

On Childcare, Tax Breaks for Nannies Can't Be the Answer

James Plunkett | Posted 30.01.2013 | UK Politics
James Plunkett

In its simplest form, making childcare tax deductible would be a tax break for nannies. It would give higher rate taxpayers twice as big a benefit as basic rate taxpayers and would give most of all to those who can already afford to spend the most.

Is Underemployment the New Normal?

Giselle Cory | Posted 28.01.2013 | UK Politics
Giselle Cory

There's a real policy challenge in how we support people who, despite being in work, aren't working enough hours. This is a notoriously tricky thing to get right.

Clegg's Score-draw on Women's Work

James Plunkett | Posted 13.01.2013 | UK Politics
James Plunkett

It's good to see senior politicians acknowledge the central role that female employment must play in raising living standards in the next decade. And it's true that improvements can be made by, in the DPM's words, "shaking up rules and arrangements". But just as the coalition is finding on childcare, shuffling the pack can only get you so far. In the long-run, we have to invest more as a country in supporting parents to work, particularly mothers who often find that work doesn't pay. That means putting our money where our mouth is.

Economic Growth 'May Not Boost Living Standards Of Poorer Families'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 31.10.2012 | UK

Living standards for millions of lower-income families may not improve over the next 10 years because of low pay rises and job cuts, according to a ne...

Why We Need to Take Another Look at Older Employment

Giselle Cory | Posted 14.08.2012 | UK Politics
Giselle Cory

If the government wants to realise its agenda of extending working lives, it must make working past retirement age a realistic option for people across the labour market. Too many older unemployed are not given the support and training they need to find re-employment - one out of two is long-tem unemployed, higher than for any other age group.

Flatlining: Minimum Wage Lower Than In 2004, Report Claims

Posted 17.04.2012 | UK

The national minimum wage will be lower than it was in 2004 after inflation is taken into account - even after it increases later this year, according...

A Budget For Working Families?

Daniel Chandler | Posted 20.05.2012 | UK Politics
Daniel Chandler

With rising prices and historically low wage growth the Chancellor is right to highlight support for working families. Reversing planned cuts to WTC is clearly the most efficient way to help low and to income households. But will the Chancellor deliver?

The Problem of Low Wage Work Runs Far Beyond Workfare

Matthew Pennycook | Posted 02.05.2012 | UK Politics
Matthew Pennycook

The recent furore surrounding the UK government's work experience programme has centred somewhat narrowly on the rights and wrongs of large corporations benefiting from free youth labour.