Analysis and action on living standards
How the hoped-for post-pandemic economic recovery might translate into a recovery for living standards
Families on low incomes are adept at managing on a limited budget. When the pandemic hit, however, many of these strategies for navigating life on a low income became difficult, if not impossible, to sustain.
The Resolution Foundation is an independent think-tank focused on improving living standards for those on low to middle incomes. We work across a wide range of economic and social policy, combining our core purpose with a commitment to analytical rigour.
What's in store for the economy and living standards in 2021. The latest edition of our Macro Policy Outlook focuses on the labour market, and the prospects for unemployment.
The story of the initial stage of the coronavirus crisis is now well understood, but with the labour market crisis likely to accelerate over the winter as restrictions tighten, we analyse new evidence on the effects of the crisis on workers so far and the prospects for the future.
The Resolution Foundation calculates the real Living Wage – a voluntary hourly pay rate that is based on what families need to get by. The current national rate is:
Read our latest reports on education leavers during the crisis, lockdown living conditions, negative equity risks and income support schemes ahead of our annual Intergenerational Audit this October.
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Want to find out how much pay has grown since the financial crisis? Or which generation had it best when it comes to housing costs? We make some of our living standards datasets available online for the public to explore.
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