Budgeting for Britain

What the Budget and Spending Review tell us about the Government’s economic strategy

UpcomingThursday 28 October 2021

In-person event and live interactive webinar. Register to receive access link. Rishi Sunak has had to make a flurry of major fiscal announcements during his 18-months as Chancellor amidst the Covid-19 crisis. At last, with the worse of the crisis behind us, he will hope to be able to set-out an economic plan for post-pandemic … Continued

Covid cohorts

How have different generations fared in the second half of the pandemic?

Thursday 21 October 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic has touched everyone’s lives, but has been felt differently across generations. And while the first half of the pandemic was marked by lockdowns to curb rising infections and deaths, the second half has been marked by the vaccine rollout and the reopening of the economy. The second half of the pandemic will … Continued

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Trading places

What does Brexit mean for the UK’s economic strategy?

Thursday 14 October 2021

The UK’s political and policy debate on trade has become preoccupied with the nuts and bolts of individual trade deals – some real, some imaginary. Meanwhile bigger questions about the future path of the UK economy post-Brexit are ignored. Trade shapes our economic strengths and weaknesses, the jobs we do, and where we do them. … Continued

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Pastures new

Is lower migration the route to a new, higher wage, British economy?

Wednesday 13 October 2021

Lower migration was always going to be a consequence of the vote to leave the European Union and Covid-19 has accelerated that change. The short term results include empty petrol stations and supermarkets’ warning of a Turkey-less Christmas. But wages are also rising fast for HGV drivers and the Prime Minister now insists that weaning … Continued

Cogs and Monsters

How economics needs to adapt to solve the world’s crises

Tuesday 12 October 2021

Digital technology, big data, machine learning and AI are revolutionizing both the tools of economics and the phenomena it seeks to measure, understand, and shape. The profession faces enormous challenges and opportunities in responding effectively to these dizzying changes and in helping policymakers solve the world’s crises – from steering the Covid recovery and tackling … Continued

Political parties and elections

Can Conservatives be loved in the South while ‘Levelling up’ the North?

Sunday 3 October 2021

Resolution Foundation fringe event at Conservative Party Conference 2021 Britain’s place-based inequalities have rocked the electoral landscape in recent years, and the Government’s ‘levelling up’ agenda will attempt to close Britain’s deep-rooted prosperity gaps. But how can this welcome ambition translate into policies that will make a difference to people’s lives, and will more prosperous … Continued

Political parties and elections

The Big Debate

What is the economic plan for post-pandemic Britain?

Sunday 3 October 2021

Resolution Foundation fringe event at Conservative Party Conference 2021. This event is sponsored by Aviva. Britain is facing a decade of economic change on a scale we haven’t seen since at least the 1980s – from the Covid recovery to plotting a new path outside the EU, and transitioning towards a low carbon economy. The … Continued

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Net Zero

The carbon crunch?

Delivering the next phase of the Net Zero transition

Thursday 30 September 2021

This event will be streamed online with a limited in-person audience. Over the course of the 2020s, the UK will embark on the crucial next phase of the transition toward a Net Zero economy. This will touch our lives and livelihoods like never before, as we decarbonise how we travel and heat our homes. And … Continued

Political parties and elections

Labour’s Economic Plan For The UK Post-Covid

In Conversation With Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves MP

Tuesday 28 September 2021

Resolution Foundation fringe event at Labour Party Conference 2021. This event is organised in partnership with the FSB. The UK is set for a decade of profound economic change – from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic to our new future outside the EU and the urgent transition towards a low carbon economy. These changes … Continued

Political parties and elections

The Big Debate

Where Next for the UK Economy Post-Pandemic?

Sunday 26 September 2021

Resolution Foundation fringe event at Labour Party Conference 2021. This event is sponsored by Aviva. The UK is set for a decade of profound economic change – from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic to our new future outside the EU and the urgent transition towards a low carbon economy. These changes will be set … Continued

Good job?

How our experience of work has changed over the past 30 years

Monday 20 September 2021

The world of work has changed substantially over the past 30 years – from what job we do, to how we do it and what we get paid. These things matter for our job satisfaction – indeed our life satisfaction, via the esteem we get from work, to the stress or success it can bring. … Continued


Can tech help boost worker power?

Tuesday 14 September 2021

Live interactive webinar. Register to receive access link. For many workers the rise of tech has resulted in greater insecurity, increased managerial control and more stressful working conditions. But tech can also be deployed to help boost worker power, increase choices and improve information. What potential is there for unions to develop tech-based approaches? What … Continued

Nationally insured?

Analysing the Government’s tax-raising plan to fund health and social care

Wednesday 8 September 2021

Having promised a plan to reform social care and to not raise National Insurance in the 2019 General Election Manifesto, the Government has delivered on one promise, and broken the other, in spectacular fashion today. With over £30 billion worth of tax rises being announced in just six months, further funding for the NHS coming … Continued

The Chancellor’s Autumn crunch

Assessing the key economic decisions to come

Monday 6 September 2021

Since his surprise promotion in March 2020, Rishi Sunak has spent his first 18 months as Chancellor in full Covid crisis mode. But as the worst of the crisis appears to be behind us, the Government has an Autumn crunch of tough decisions ahead of it – with a Spending Review and potential Budget to … Continued

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Economic growth

From boom to bust and back again

200 years of economic change across Britain

Thursday 2 September 2021

Book launch for ‘Two hundred years of muddling through’ by Duncan Weldon The UK is facing a decisive decade of change, responding to the triple shocks of Brexit, Covid-19 and the transition to Net Zero. But this is not the first time Britain has faced such a radical upheaval. From industrial revolutions and the rise … Continued

Whose wealth?

Assessing the full impact of the pandemic on household wealth

Monday 12 July 2021

While the Covid-19 pandemic has been about curbing and contraction – from normal activities to employment – many aspects of household wealth have grown very swiftly. Families unable to spend have amassed extra savings and homeowners have seen the value of their properties soar. But these wealth surges have been far from even, with some … Continued

The final furlough?

Family finances in the Covid recovery

Thursday 1 July 2021

The UK economy is bouncing back after the deepest downturn in over three centuries. That bounce is being felt in the labour market too, with furlough rates falling and some firms even reporting challenges hiring. However, almost three million people are still not working, while unemployment may rise later in the year. While the UK’s … Continued

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A decisive decade for British business

In conversation with Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng

Tuesday 22 June 2021

Having suffered the biggest economic contraction in 300 years, the UK economy is back on the road to recovery. But the Covid recovery is just one of many huge economic shifts confronting British businesses over the next decade as the country embarks on a new future outside the EU, faces an urgent transition towards a … Continued

Boomers and boomerangs

The past and pandemic present of multi-generational living

Monday 21 June 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic has had huge impacts on young people. Many have been furloughed, while others have lost their job or been unable to find one in the first place. And everyone has heard stories about how coping with these difficulties has seen many young people return to live with their parents. So-called ‘boomerangs’, opting … Continued

Technology and low pay

How Workertech can help build a better post-Covid future for workers

Tuesday 8 June 2021

Discussions of the Future of Work frequently tend to focus on the role of technology in facilitating remote working for knowledge workers, the rise of the robots and the implications of AI. They seldom discuss how technology could be deployed to improve the prospects of low paid and insecure workers. The Resolution Foundation, in partnership … Continued

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Low pay
Living Wage

Earning back better

The future of low pay in Britain

Monday 7 June 2021

Britain’s low-paid workers have been at the epicentre of the Covid-19 crisis – as key workers unable to work from home during lockdown, or as those most likely to have lost their jobs as our low-paying social sectors – from hospitality to retail – have closed. As the economy reopens, low-paid workers should be at … Continued

Returning to centre stage

Fiscal policy in the recovery

Tuesday 1 June 2021

Fiscal policy has returned centre stage during the Covid-19 pandemic. But as countries begin to recovery from the crisis, they are taking different approaches to the scale of fiscal expansion and the timing of fiscal retrenchment. What is the right approach to fiscal policy in the recovery, and what are the challenges in terms of … Continued

Building back better

Structural change in post-pandemic economies

Thursday 27 May 2021

From the emptying of city centres and closure of entire industries, to the rapid growth in remote offices and new methods of work, the Covid-19 pandemic has fast-forwarded change in our economies. How much of this change is permanent, and what does it mean for how and where we live and work? How can policy … Continued

Powering ahead

Raising our productivity game post-pandemic

Wednesday 26 May 2021

The period between the Global Financial Crisis and the Covid-19 pandemic has been marked by chronically weak productivity across many advanced economies. In the UK that has seen weak pay growth and stagnant living standards. The Covid recovery offers an opportunity to reset this dismal productivity record, but how should policy makers do this? In … Continued

The Covid Recovery

Overcoming the Economic Challenges

Monday 24 May 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic is far from over. But the roll-out of vaccines across the world holds out the promise that the Covid recovery, while not assured, is in sight. Due to the nature and scale of the crisis – which has upended everything from household working trends to government deficits – this means the Covid … Continued

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