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Living standards across Britain: the 700-year view

Wednesday 1 May 2019

Incomes and Inequality

Sometimes it’s good to step back from the short-term economic noise and take a long view – a very long view. Because while changes in living standards are driven by the economic cycle, and policy changes, they are also wider driven by wider economic shifts that play out over decades, rather than months and years. What have … Continued

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Grey(t) Britain: lessons for an ageing society

Thursday 2 May 2019

Britain is undergoing a dramatic demographic shift. The combination of rising life expectancy and the transition of the baby boomer generation into retirement means that the country has a record share of pensioners, which will continue to grow over the coming decades. Longer living is arguably the best hallmark of human progress, but it does … Continued

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Old answers to new questions? The future of social housing in the UK

Monday 8 April 2019

Housing, Wealth and Debt

Post-war governments invested heavily in social housing. But it then fell spectacularly out of favour, with the introduction of Right-to-Buy in 1980 sparking a decline in social housing stock. Almost 40 years on, attitudes toward social housing appear to be changing again. In 2017, Theresa May earmarked £2 billion of new money for social rented … Continued

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Looming crisis or new opportunity? Skilling the nation in Brexit Britain

Monday 18 March 2019

Jobs, Skills and Pay

Raising skill-levels boosts pay, productivity and ultimately living standards. And yet the pace of growth in educational attainment has stalled – with a slowdown in people progressing to mid- and higher-level qualifications, and many firms reporting damaging skills shortages. Who has benefitted from investment in skills over the last 20 years, and who has been … Continued

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Even Greater Manchester: The London launch of the Independent Prosperity Review

Tuesday 5 March 2019

Jobs, Skills and Pay

The Greater Manchester Independent Prosperity Review was established to undertake a detailed and rigorous assessment of the current state, and future potential, of Greater Manchester’s economy. The review provides a major update of the city region’s economic evidence base providing lessons for policy makers across Greater Manchester, and for other city-regions across the UK with … Continued

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Spring in our step or long winter ahead? The UK economy on Brexit eve

Monday 4 March 2019

Public Finances and the Economy

Coming a fortnight before Britain is scheduled to leave the EU, the upcoming Spring Statement will provide an important health check on the UK economy as we prepare to depart. But looking into the future poses challenges for any forecaster wrestling with the recent growth slowdown and the uncertainty of what form Brexit will eventually … Continued

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Taking stock: What do changes in the way we shop mean for jobs in retail?

Wednesday 27 February 2019

Jobs, Skills and Pay

The seismic changes on the high street have been hugely visible throughout Britain, and prompted much soul searching from businesses, communities and policy makers in local, regional and national government. But even more important than the recent loss of some household names, is what the changing way we live, work and shop means for the … Continued

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The Economic Outlook: Speech by MPC member Gertjan Vlieghe

Thursday 14 February 2019

Public Finances and the Economy

Predicting the future is an impossible task during the most stable economic climates, let alone amid the uncertainty currently facing the UK economy. But a clear understanding of the UK’s economic outlook, and how this fits with wider global trends, is essential for sound policy making. At an event at its Westminster headquarters, the Resolution … Continued

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