Capital gains

Broadening company ownership in the UK economy

By Mathew Lawrence; Nigel Mason

The unequal ownership of capital in the economy is a powerful driver of inequality. With the share of national income going to capital having increased in recent decades, and likely to rise further, new models of company ownership are needed to reduce inequality and ensure the benefits of growing national wealth are widely shared. This report sets out three different ways in which ownership can be spread more widely: the establishment of a national Citizens’ Wealth Fund, giving the public a share of corporate and other assets; the expansion of employee ownership trusts, which give employees majority ownership of companies; and the growth of co-operative and mutual firms. It recommends a series of reforms to achieve these goals.

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