Resolution Foundation

The Resolution Foundation is an independent think-tank focused on improving the living standards of those on low-to-middle incomes. There are eight million low-to-middle income families in the UK, including twelve million adults and nearly seven million children. We work across a wide range of economic and social policy, combining our core purpose with a commitment to analytical rigour.

The Foundation’s established work programme includes incomes and inequalityjobsskills and payhousingwealth and debttax and welfarepublic finances and the economy. More recently, it has added work streams on tradenet zero and productivity, as well as covering these issues through both an intergenerational and cities lens.

Since 2018, we have calculated the real Living Wage – a voluntary hourly pay rate that is based on what families need to get by.

Since 2021 the Resolution Foundation has collaborated with the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics on The Economy 2030 Inquiry. The Inquiry has brought together leaders from business, academia and policy making, in both the UK and US, to both diagnose the causes of the UK’s poor economic performance in recent decades, and to set out a new economic strategy for the 2020s. The project will deliver a policy-rich strategy to aims to boost growth and living standards throughout the UK, and confront the major economic issues Britain faces, including demographic and technological change, and the country’s net zero transition.


Latest reports

Labour Market Outlook Q2 2023

This report from UK think tank Resolution Foundation looks at the employment rates of particular groups during the pandemic and the financial crisis. The UK has seen more strikes in the past year than in any since the 1980s. These strikes have been concentrated in the public and transport sectors, where unionisation rates are highest....

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Peaked interest

This report from UK think tank Resolution Foundation looks at what higher interest rates mean for the size and distribution of Britain's household wealth. Over the past four decades, the total value of wealth owned by UK households has been on a seemingly-relentless upward path: rising from around three-times GDP in the mid 1980s to...

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Sharing the benefits

This report from UK think tank Resolution Foundation looks at whether Britain can secure broadly shared prosperity. The UK has been living through a period of relative decline that has proved toxic for those on low-to-middle incomes. Against that backdrop, this report examines whether there is still a plausible path to steadily rising shared prosperity...

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Tax planning

This report from UK think tank the Resolution Foundation looks at how to match higher taxes with better taxes. The UK’s tax take is rising, and is likely to stay high, but the system is not improving. The UK needs a tax strategy to support its economic strategy, using the tax system to boost shared...

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Beyond boosterism

This report from UK think tank the Resolution Foundation looks at realigning the policy ecosystem to unleash private investment for sustainable growth. The UK is a low investment nation. Low business investment is a big driver of this. Low investment is one reason behind the UK’s weak productivity growth, which in turn is the main...

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The mortgage crunch

This report from UK think tank Resolution Foundation looks at how much annual repayments are set to rise for those re-mortgaging. Recent signs that inflation is proving ‘stickier’ than hoped has raised the prospect of even more rate rises from Bank of England, and a deeper mortgage crunch for households. Higher than expected inflation and...

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Left behind

This report from UK think tank Resolution Foundation explores the prevalence of youth worklessness due to ill health in different parts of the UK. This briefing note is part of the Young people’s future health inquiry, a three-year programme supported by the Health Foundation. It explores the prevalence of youth worklessness due to ill health...

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Arrears fears

This report from UK think tank the Resolution Foundation looks at differences in wealth across groups to understand wealth inequality in the UK. The defining economic challenge for UK families at the moment is the cost of living crisis, rising inflation threatens living standards in the UK as real incomes fall. Owning wealth helps protect...

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Stagnation nation

This report from UK think tank Resolution Foundation looks at navigating a route to a fairer and more prosperous Britain. The UK has great strengths, but is over a decade into a period of stagnation. The toxic combination of slow growth and high inequality was posing challenges for low-to-middle income Britain’s living standards even before...

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Low Pay Britain 2022

This report from UK think tank Resolution Foundation looks at low pay and insecurity in the UK labour market. This edition of Low Pay Britain is our twelfth annual report taking stock of the state of low pay. Recent editions have focused on the short-term impacts of the Covid-19 crisis on low paid workers. Those...

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Enduring strengths

This report from UK think tank the Resolution Foundation analyses the UK's current and potential economic strengths. Key to building a new economic strategy which can revitalise the UK economy after a decade of stagnation is understanding our current strengths, how these strengths evolve, and the trade-offs they present. The report uses global data on...

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Shrinking footprints

This report from UK think tank Resolution Foundation looks at the impacts of the net zero transition on households and consumption. The 2020s are set to bring a step change in climate policy, with efforts to decarbonise the UK economy beginning to impact on household consumption to a greater extent than before. Different households will...

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Under pressure

This report from UK think tank Resolution Foundation looks at managing fiscal pressures in the 2020s. The 2020s are set to be a decade in which the spending pressures from ageing intensify, healthcare costs continue to rise, and the state needs to invest more to drive a rapid transition to net zero. These trends will...

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A presage to India

This report from UK think tank Resolution Foundation assesses the UK’s new Indo-Pacific trade focus. This briefing note looks at the implications of the Government’s trade policy pivot to target the fast-growing Indo-Pacific region, following its unsuccessful attempt to deliver a trade deal with the US. It focuses on the impact of a possible trade...

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Social insecurity

This report from UK think tank Resolution Foundation assesses trends in social security to prepare for the decade of change ahead. The UK is facing a decade of unprecedented economic change as we adjust to a post-Covid-19 economy, a new economic context outside the European Union (EU), and the decarbonisation of the economy. And the...

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Upcoming events

20 June 2024

Location: Online / Resolution Foundation, 2 Queen Anne's Gate, London SW1H 9AA

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The cost of poor health

This event hosted by UK think tank the Resolution Foundation discusses what rising health-related benefit spending may mean for the UK and its next government. Health-related benefit spending is rising – particularly among children and younger adults – and this increase is forecast to accelerate in the years ahead. With record numbers of people claiming...

25 June 2024

Location: Online / Resolution Foundation, 2 Queen Anne's Gate , London SW1H 9AA

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Is Britain working?

This event hosted by UK think tank the Resolution Foundation will discuss the labour market context to the general election. Since 2010, Britain’s labour market has gone through a period of boom and bust – with record jobs growth in the last decade followed by a struggle to return to pre-pandemic employment rates in the...