Resolution Foundation

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 15.09.2015 | 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 07.07.2015 | 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 03.07.2015 | 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 yest...

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...