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The Resolution Foundation is an award-winning independent think-tank focused on improving the living standards for those on low to middle incomes.

We work across a wide range of economic policy making and are a leading UK authority on securing widely-shared economic growth, having successfully ignited a major public debate about the stagnation in living standards that started in the years prior to the financial crisis.

We are recognised as a home of real expertise on a range of policy issues, drawing on a core team of experts as well as established external relationships with top national and international economists, academics and policy experts.

We continue to inform public debate and influence key decision makers in government, the private sector, and civil society. We hold a regular programme of events, hosting diverse speakers from academia, the voluntary sector and business, and regularly engage with politicians from across the political spectrum.

The Foundation prides itself on analytical rigour, and we strive to achieve standards of excellence in all our work. This commitment is matched by dedication to our core purpose, working to improve the living standards of those on low to middle incomes. These twin pillars of excellence and purpose underpin everything we do.

The Resolution Foundation is primarily funded by the Resolution Trust. The Foundation also occasionally partners with other organisations on specific projects. When this is the case, the logo of the partner organisation is clearly displayed on the cover of any project outputs.

 

Living standards and low to middle income households

The Foundation conducts authoritative analytical research on living standards in the UK, working across a wide range of issues with a specific focus on the experiences of low to middle income households. Typically these are considered to be working households with incomes below the median in the UK.

There are eight million low to middle income families in the UK, including twelve million adults and nearly seven million children. As each includes at least one working adult, they are not the very poorest in society, but they are often struggling to get by. We believe that low to middle income households have too often been overlooked in historical debates about equality and economic opportunity. More recently the challenges have risen up the agenda, as national debate has focused on the “squeezed middle” or “just about managing” families. However, this attention is not matched by a policy response at the required rate.

The Foundation’s work programme currently includes incomes and inequality; jobs, skills and pay; housing, wealth and debt; tax and welfare; public finance and the economy; and intergenerational fairness. To learn more about our work and research areas, please visit this section of our website.

 

History

The Foundation was founded in 2005 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.

From 2005 – 2010 the Foundation built a consensus on the need to fill the gap in independent financial advice available to our target group. We 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.

From 2010 – 2015 the Foundation’s work focused on the underlying living standards of the low to middle income group, with a strong focus on the jobs market. During this time it hosted the high-profile Commission on Living Standards and the Bain review into the future of the minimum wage.

Between 2017 and 2018 the Foundation hosted the Intergenerational Commission, which brought together leaders from business, academia and policy-making to devise a means of repairing the social contract between generations.

Previous Chief Executives were Sue Regan (2005-10) and Gavin Kelly (2010-15).