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The Resolution Foundation is a non-partisan and award-winning think-tank that works to improve the living standards of those in Britain on low to middle incomes.

We conduct authoritative analytical research on living standards in the UK and produce effective policy solutions that help shape the debate on economic and social policy. To do this we work across a wide range of issues such as low pay and the minimum wage, the future of the labour market, social mobility, reforming the tax and benefit system, household debt, childcare and housing policy. We hold a regular programme of events drawing on experts from a diverse range of backgrounds – academia, employers, the voluntary sector and the City. We engage with politicians from across the political spectrum.

The Resolution Foundation has been awarded UK Social Policy Think Tank of the Year (2015), UK Think Tank of the Year (2013), and UK Social Policy Think Tank of the Year and Publication of the Year (2012).

The Resolution Foundation is primarily funded by the Resolution Trust.

We are also grateful for the support of the following organisations:




The Resolution Foundation is an independent research and policy organisation, founded by Clive Cowdery in 2005.

The Foundation was founded with the purpose of producing high quality research and analysis that raised the profile of the challenges facing those on low to middle incomes and developing policy solutions to these problems.

Sue Regan led the organisation as Chief Executive from  2005 – 2010, during which time we built a consensus on the need to fill the gap in independent financial advice available to our target group and secured a commitment from government that generic financial advice would form a key element of their long-term financial capability strategy. This helped bring about the creation of a national Money Guidance service in March 2010, later leading to the Money Advice Service.

Gavin Kelly joined the Foundation as Chief Executive in autumn 2010 and left in summer 2015 to become CEO of Resolution Trust. During these last five years, our work has focused on the underlying living standards of the low to middle income group, with a strong focus on the jobs market. Recent accomplishments include:

  • Building the UK and international evidence base on the causes and consequences of the living standards challenge faced by low to middle income workers; and forging consensus about the best strategies for responding to this under the umbrella of our high-profile Commission on Living Standards (see
  • Influencing public debate to ensure the living standards of those on low to middle incomes is one of the most pivotal policy and political issues of the day.
  • Bringing together key external thinkers and experts to work with us to address the key long term drivers of living standards, including think-tanks (IFS, NIESR), academic institutions (LSE, Oxford, Cambridge, Loughborough), campaign organisations (Mumsnet, Netmums and Shelter) and major sectoral bodies (Chartered Institute of Housing, Family and Childcare Trust).
  • Highlighting the full extent of low pay in Britain and proposing new ideas for tackling it for instance through the Commission led by Sir George Bain on the future of the minimum wage.

In Summer 2015 David Willetts joined as Executive Chair and Torsten Bell joined as Director to head up an expanded programme of work.