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The Resolution Foundation is a non-partisan and award-winning think-tank that works to improve the living standards of those in Britain on low to middle incomes.

We conduct authoritative analytical research on living standards in the UK and produce effective policy solutions that help shape the debate on economic and social policy. To do this we work across a wide range of issues such as low pay and the minimum wage, the future of the labour market, intergenerational fairness, social mobility, reforming the tax and benefit system, household debt, childcare and housing policy. We hold a regular programme of events drawing on experts from a diverse range of backgrounds – academia, employers, the voluntary sector and the City. We engage with politicians from across the political spectrum.

The Resolution Foundation has been awarded UK Social Policy Think Tank of the Year (2015), UK Think Tank of the Year (2013), and UK Social Policy Think Tank of the Year and Publication of the Year (2012).

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.


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 and 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).