About Resolution Foundation

The goal of the Resolution Foundation is to improve living standards for the 15 million people in Britain on low and middle incomes. To achieve this we conduct rigorous research, analysis and policy development to inform public debates and influence key decision makers in government, the private sector, and civil society.


Our Funders
The Resolution Foundation is primarily funded by the Resolution Trust.

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

· Barrow Cadbury Trust

· Nationwide Foundation

· Thames Valley Housing

· Unbound Philanthropy



The Resolution Foundation is an independent research and policy organisation, founded by Clive Cowdery in 2005 and predominantly funded by the Resolution Trust. The Foundation was incorporated on 11 October 2005 as a company limited by guarantee (no 5588883) and registered as a charity (no 1114839) on 24 June 2006.

The Foundation was founded with the purpose of producing high quality research and analysis and developing policy solutions that could bring about practical change for people on low to middle incomes. The objects of the charity are “to promote research and the education of the public into the effect of economic, social and financial factors on the living standards of people benefiting from an income at or below the national average”. 

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 fed into the Thoresen Review of Generic Financial Advice (2008) and the roll out of a national Money Guidance service in March 2010.

Gavin Kelly joined the Foundation as Chief Executive in 2010. Over the last three years, our work has focused specifically on the living standards of the low to middle income group, with a strong focus on the labour market. Recent accomplishments include:

Building the UK and international evidence base on the economic causes and consequences of the living standards challenge faced by low to middle income workers and the nature of the required policy response under the umbrella of our high-profile Commission on Living Standards (see www.livingstandards.org).

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 from the UK and internationally to address the key long term drivers of living standards, including think-tanks (IFS, NIESR), academic institutions (LSE, Oxford, Cambridge, Loughborough) and major campaign organisations (Netmums and Shelter).

Exposing the full extent of workers earning below the living wage in Britain; producing innovative new analysis showing for the first time that it would be affordable for some sectors to pay the living wage; and influencing the nature of the Living Wage campaign.


Working with the childcare sector in a public campaign based on rigorous analysis of the work incentives of proposed changes to government support for childcare. The government subsequently reversed its planned cuts to childcare support under Universal Credit.


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