Light at the end of the tunnel? Will it be an ‘end of austerity’ Budget

Wednesday 24 October 2018

Public Finances and the Economy

With just a few weeks to go until Budget 2018, the Chancellor faces a tough balancing act of managing high expectations following promises of an end to austerity, and even higher uncertainty as Britain prepares to leave the European Union next Spring. Faced with such uncertainty, how can the Chancellor find the extra £20bn promised … Continued


Understanding Britain’s pay crisis

Tuesday 9 October 2018

Jobs, Skills and Pay

Britain is on course to experience the worst decade for pay growth in over two centuries – an unmitigated disaster for living standards. But while a large part of this is down to the financial crisis and its aftermath, Britain’s terrible record on pay has continued even while employment has surged to record highs. So … Continued


Party Conferences Fringe Events 2018

Sunday 23 September 2018

Labour The Big Debate: Inequality in 21st Century Britain Sunday 23rd September 6:00pm-7:30pm ACC Liverpool, Auditorium 1C Speakers: Ed Miliband MP Lisa Nandy MP Clive Lewis MP Marvin Rees – Mayor of Bristol Polly Toynbee – The Guardian Frances O’Grady – Trade Union Congress Torsten Bell (Chair) – Director of the Resolution Foundation The Big … Continued


Red flags flying high? China’s uncertain future

Thursday 20 September 2018

China, under the leadership of President Xi Jinping, has grown in confidence on the world stage, winning influence and control especially across Africa and Asia, and increasingly in Europe. But with the country facing major issues including high levels of debt, a middle-income trap, an aging population and institutional problems, is China’s authoritarian regime on … Continued


From treadmills to stairwells: social mobility across advanced economies

Wednesday 19 September 2018

In recent decades, social mobility has stalled across advanced economies. The UK picture is more mixed – but recent OECD research found that richer families are more likely to stay rich and that the slow pace of mobility means it would take five generations for a poor family to reach average income. Looking across advanced … Continued