Resolution Foundation

Backslide Or Double Down - How Should The Prime Minister Handle The National Living Wage?

Conor D'Arcy | Posted 07.09.2016 | UK Politics
Conor D'Arcy

The announcement of the National Living Wage will always be associated with George Osborne. But if its implementation is managed skilfully, it could rank high among Theresa May's lasting achievements.

Waging War on Non-Compliance

Laura Gardiner | Posted 11.05.2016 | UK Politics
Laura Gardiner

The challenge of non-compliance may be opaque, but it's looming larger than ever. However, this shouldn't lead to gloom. The NMW's successful record, and the energy and resource that have been channelled into enforcement offer grounds for optimism.

This Graph Shows How House Prices Are Growing Significantly Faster Than Wages

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 13.04.2016 | UK Politics

Out-of-control house prices have been laid bare by a graph revealing how the rise in wages has fallen significantly behind growth in property values. ...

Is Osborne Eyeing Tax Cut For Rich And Fuel Duty Hike For Poor?

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK Politics

A hike on fuel duty in tomorrow’s Budget would hit the poorest families hardest, an analysis has found. George Osborne is thought to be considering ...

Help to Save: An Idea Whose Time Has Come (Again)

Dan Tomlinson | Posted 14.03.2016 | UK Politics
Dan Tomlinson

'Support for savers' was meant to be one of the key Budget themes. Until recently it seemed likely that the Chancellor would be announcing a radical shake-up of pension saving. But in the face of fierce of opposition from industry, the media and many backbench MPs, the Treasury has now ruled out any changes to pension tax relief in this Budget...

The Graph That Shows 'Millennials' Have Been Betrayed Over Home Ownership

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 16.02.2016 | UK Politics

The graph below shows how the prospect of owning a home has dramatically eroded since the Second World War - and that the housing ladder is close to d...

Five Charts That Show Who Spends What in the UK

Matthew Whittaker | Posted 08.12.2015 | UK
Matthew Whittaker

Today's annual Family Spending release from the Office for National Statistics contains a wealth of useful information - and the ONS has done a good job of presenting much of that data. Below we set out the Resolution Foundation's five key charts that explain just who spent what in 2014.

Seven Charts That Show the Changing Shape of the State in Britain

Matthew Whittaker | Posted 13.11.2015 | UK Politics
Matthew Whittaker

What should the state do? That's the question we asked at our Shrinking Pains event on Tuesday morning... Below we select seven charts that show where we are - and where we're heading.

One Graph Explains Just How Hard Poorest Will Be Hit By Tax Credits Cuts

The Huffington Post UK | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 05.11.2015 | UK Politics

Here is a graph produced today by The Resolution Foundation that shows how hard-pressed families were set to be worst off as a result of George Osborn...

Here's Five Ways George Osborne Can Leave Tax Credits Alone

The Huffington Post UK | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 05.11.2015 | UK Politics

A think-tank has offered food for thought to George Osborne over how he can find £4.4bn without cutting tax credits. The Resolution Foundation tod...

A Spending Review for All Ages?

Stephen Burke | Posted 27.10.2015 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

Former Tory government Minister David Willetts has put the cat amongst the pigeons in his new role. Willetts now heads the independent think tank, t...

We Can't (Tax) Cut Our Way Out of the Tax Credit Problem

Torsten Bell | Posted 23.10.2015 | UK Politics
Torsten Bell

When it comes to this April's tax credit cuts we're now swiftly approaching t‎he point where everyone accepts there is a problem, and starts to ask the real question - what is the solution? ‎

What's Happening to Poverty and Opportunity in London? The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Gavin Kelly | Posted 22.10.2015 | UK Politics
Gavin Kelly

There is a huge amount that a pioneering yet delivery-focussed Mayor could do to improve the supply of affordable housing, spread the living wage, and improve the transition from school to college to work. Sadiq and Zac, over to you.

When It Comes to the 'National Living Wage' Being Introduced to the World, It's Time for Some Responsible Parenting

Torsten Bell | Posted 15.09.2016 | UK Politics
Torsten Bell

Having brought the National Living Wage into this world the Chancellor has set the country the right exam question - to implement it successfully. We know we'll be sitting that exam between today and 2020. Responsible parenting is about doing everything we can as a country to pass.

See The Graph That Shows How Osborne's 'Living Wage' Is a 'Con Trick'

Graeme Demianyk | Posted 03.09.2015 | UK Politics

George Osborne's welfare crackdown will leave the poorest families thousands of pounds worse off even after introducing the "national living wage", a ...

Fiscal Pain Relief? How More Accountability on Tax Reliefs Could Help Ease the Welfare Squeeze

Gavin Kelly | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK Politics
Gavin Kelly

As the Budget approaches we await the details of deep cuts in welfare spending, but the fact that they are coming is beyond doubt. Every sinew is being strained in the cause of deficit reduction. Or is it? Largely absent from public debate to date is the more than £100billion that goes each year into tax reliefs - lower taxes for particular groups or activities.

The Tax-Free Minimum Wage - A Gimmick or a Real Giveaway?

Conor D'Arcy | Posted 02.07.2016 | UK Politics
Conor D'Arcy

Amid the flurry of pre-election pledges made by each party, the Conservatives' 'Tax-Free Minimum Wage' attracted a curious mix of attention... Rather than a trivial tweak, the implications of this policy are potentially substantial and could lead to additional tax cuts, which could be announced as early as at next week's Budget.

The Waugh Zone, June 5, 2015

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 05.06.2015 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Friday June 5 2015... 1) CHARITY DOESN’T BEGIN AT HOME George Osborne was the axeman who cometh yesterday,...

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.