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Zeroing In

24 March 2014
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Zeroing In

Date: 25 March 2014
Author: Vidhya Alakeson and Conor D'Arcy

There is still uncertainty over the number of workers employed on zero-hour contracts with official estimates being revised upwards to around 600,000 while other studies have put the figures as high as 1 million.  In many cases workers have not realised they are employed on zero-hours contracts until their hours have been changed. The use of zero hours contracts should be reformed to ensure that flexibility can be maintained and workers' rights strengthened to help eradicate misuse.

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Have we lost our bouncebackability?

21 March 2014
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Have we lost our bouncebackability?

Date: 21 March 2014
Author: Matthew Whittaker

In the light of latest OBR forecasts and the 2014 Budget, this paper considers where anticipated growth can come from. In the absence of widely-shared wage growth, can the UK economy grow above trend without a surge in credit? Or, must we resign ourselves to a period of subdued recovery?

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Analysing the impact of increasing the personal tax allowance to £10,500 in 2015

Date: 18 March 2014
Author: Alex Hurrell

Before this year's Budget, Resolution Foundation analyses the impact of increasing the personal tax allowance to £10,500 in 2015.

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More than a Minimum (annex)

14 March 2014
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More than a minimum: The review of the minimum wage - Final report

Date: 12 March 2014
Author: James Plunkett , Alex Hurrell and Conor D'Arcy

It is time to reform the UK minimum wage and the supporting architecture of the Low Pay Commission. The original settlement served the policy well in its first 15 years, but this approach should now be strengthened to reflect new economic and political times.

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Minimum Wage Act II

21 February 2014
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Minimum Wage Act II

Date: 21 February 2014
Author: James Plunkett , Conor D'Arcy and Tony Wilson

The national minimum wage is no longer strong enough to tackle the country’s low pay problem and the policy will need to be reformed if it is to repeat the successes of its first 15 years.

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The State of Living Standards

10 February 2014
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The State of Living Standards

Date: 11 February 2014
Author: James Plunkett , Alex Hurrell and Matthew Whittaker

Household incomes are set to start rising again in 2015 after six years of decline according to the Resolution Foundation. The findings come in a detailed and authoritative assessment of the state of Britain’s living standards.

However, the report from the independent think tank also finds that growth in disposable income for the typical household is likely to be modest, barely positive in 2015-16 and less than one per cent a year for each of the following three years.

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Careers and carers: childcare and maternal labour supply

23 January 2014
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Careers and Carers: Childcare and maternal labour supply

Date: 23 January 2014
Author: Vidhya Alakeson and Giselle Cory

Around two-thirds of mothers say the cost of childcare is an obstacle to them working more, reveals a new report from independent think tank the Resolution Foundation.

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Closer to the Edge?

6 January 2014
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Closer to the edge? Debt repayments in 2018 under different household income and borrowing cost scenarios

Date: 29 December 2013
Author: Matthew Whittaker

Britain faces the mounting prospect of a household debt crisis as analysis from the Resolution Foundation suggests that a least a million British families, and possibly as many as 2 million, could be spending more than half their disposable income on repayments by 2018

The study uses the latest five-year growth projections from the Office for Budget Responsibility to model how the number of households in ‘debt peril’ may rise over the same horizon – depending on the path of interest rates and the shape of growth in household incomes.

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Growth up, wages down

4 December 2013
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Growth up, wages down: something has to give

Date: 5 December 2013
Author: Matthew Whittaker

Despite the improving fortunes of national output however, many are yet to feel the benefit in their pay packets and bank balances. With average wages failing to keep pace with inflation and with austerity measures continuing to bite, the hit to living standards is now into its fifth year. Yet the nascent recovery has been driven in no small part to date by a pick-up in household consumption, raising the question of just how sustainable this renewed growth can be in the absence of a significant upturn in incomes. 

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Starting out or getting stuck?

27 November 2013
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Starting out or getting stuck? An analysis of who gets trapped in low paid work—and who escapes

Date: 27 November 2013
Author: Alex Hurrell

Almost three-quarters of Britain’s workers who were on low pay in 2002 failed to escape from it over the course of the following decade.

Both low pay and social mobility are recognised as serious concerns in Britain but much less attention has been given to how easy or hard it is for someone to work their way up the earnings scale. Who gets stuck on low pay and who gets on?

Starting out or getting stuck? gives new insight into how many people stay on low pay and for how long, whether low paid workers are more likely to remain stuck now than in the past and what the differences are between those who are stuck and those who progress.

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