Living with Less?
Date: 8 October 2012
Living with Less? The future for living standards in the UK
Conservative Party Conference
12:45 - 13:45 Monday 8 October
Room 102, The Jurys Inn, 245 Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2HQ
Growth in the UK remains tepid. Forecasts from the OBR suggest growth in 2012 of just 0.7% and many commentators believe that this is optimistic. Such low levels of growth come with continued high unemployment and an unsurprising squeeze on living standards as families are forced to tighten their budgets and to pay down debt. But this is not just a question of the recession. Countries across the west have seen stagnating median wages and large changes in the nature of labour and product markets which have all had impacts on living standards.
In the face of structural and cyclical changes, this event will ask what the outlook for living standards might be and what role Government should play.
Jesse Norman MP
Shaun Bailey, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister
Clive Cowdery, Chairman, Resolution Foundation
Matthew Oakley, Head of Economics & Social Policy, Policy Exchange
Philip Collins, Columnist & Leader Writer, The Times (Chair)
This event is part of a series of Resolution Foundation debates exploring solutions to the current living standards crisis, ahead of the final report of the Commission on Living Standards, to be published this autumn. This event is organised with Policy Exchange.
Find out where you stand in the income distribution: visit www.livingstandards.org