Moving on up

Has Britain’s housing crisis made us a less mobile nation?

Thursday 6 June 2019

We presented research on the impact of recent housing trends on young people’s pay and job prospects. A panel of experts, including Liz Truss, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, then discussed the issues raised from the research.

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

Monday 8 April 2019

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

Home affront: the outlook for housing for young people across Britain

Wednesday 20 September 2017

In recent decades, housing has gone from being a driver of falling wealth inequality to playing a central role in Britain’s living standards crisis. Across income groups and the generations we see widespread concern about the housing prospects of younger generations. From the cost of housing to its size, quality and proximity to work, how … Continued

The wealth of our nation

Who owns what in 21st century Britain

Tuesday 20 June 2017

Launch of major work programme on wealth across Britain for the Intergenerational Commission The wealth we accumulate, spend and pass on is too often the forgotten side of big national debates on inequality and living standards, where questions of day to day income dominate. A full lifetime view of our living standards needs to put … Continued

A family affair: The transfer of wealth across generations

Tuesday 30 May 2017

From the establishment of primogeniture to the Bank of Mum & Dad the transfer of wealth across generations is both an ancient and very modern issue in Britain. With wealth increasingly concentrated among older generations, the issue of wealth transfers is rising up the political agenda. The desire for families to pass wealth onto the … Continued

Can we fix it? Solving Britain’s housing crisis

Tuesday 26 April 2016

Britain’s housing crisis has been decades in the making, and is finally rising up the political agenda. But is this crisis really just confined to London and the South East, or is it spreading across Britain and other European countries? Which groups are on the receiving end of a lack of affordable housing? And how … Continued

The home stretch – coping with high housing costs

Monday 8 December 2014

Buying or renting a home in many parts of the country is a financial challenge for families on modest incomes. How then do these families continue to live in some of the most expensive parts of the country? What coping strategies can make the seemingly unaffordable financially possible, at what personal cost to the families … Continued

Living in the House of Debt

Wednesday 3 September 2014

Very high levels of household debt have been a stubbornly persistent feature of many developed economies – including those of the UK and the US – before, during and since the financial crisis. The Resolution Foundation has led UK analysis of how this debt may carry severe consequences for many families and for the wider … Continued

Rachel Reeves MP – A better deal for savers: helping ordinary workers secure decent living standards in retirement

Thursday 29 May 2014

The struggle to set aside savings and the increasing difficulty that many working people find in securing a decent income at retirement is one of the less noticed but potentially most far-reaching issues in the living standards debate. In her first major speech on pensions policy since becoming Shadow Secretary of State for Work and … Continued

Sharing the spoils: bringing home ownership into reach for low to middle income households

Wednesday 20 November 2013

Low to middle income households are increasingly shut out of traditional home ownership, and more and more families with children are living in the private rental sector. We know, however, that home ownership overwhelmingly remains most people’s preferred tenure and the lack of asset accumulation amongst long term renters is a concern. This event launched … Continued

Closer to the edge: prospects for household debt repayment when interest rates start to rise

Thursday 11 July 2013

Despite difficult economic times and the persistence of tight credit conditions, latest OBR projections suggest that aggregate household debt is set to increase by around one-quarter between 2011 and 2017. With many commentators expecting interest rates to start climbing back upwards from 2015, the ability of households to service their credit commitments will depend critically … Continued

Renting nation with Lord Freud

Sunday 7 October 2012

The Resolution Foundation is hosting a high-level private roundtable at the Conservative Party conference with Lord Freud, Minister for Welfare Reform, on “Renting nation: welfare reform and growth in the private rented sector.” Recently published research from the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research, commissioned for the Resolution Foundation and Shelter, shows that by 2025 … Continued

Renting nation with Jack Dromey MP

Wednesday 3 October 2012

The Resolution Foundation is hosting a high-level private roundtable at the Labour Party conference with Jack Dromey MP, Shadow Housing Minister, on “Renting nation: growth and reform in the private rented sector.” Recently published research from the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research, commissioned for the Resolution Foundation and Shelter, shows that by 2025 the … Continued

Renting nation with Andrew Stunell MP

Tuesday 25 September 2012

The Resolution Foundation is hosting a high-level private roundtable at the Liberal Democrat Party conference with Andrew Stunell MP, former Minister for Communities and Local Government, on “Renting nation: growth and reform in the private rented sector.” Recently published research from the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research, commissioned for the Resolution Foundation and Shelter, … Continued

Inequality, Debt and Growth

Tuesday 15 May 2012

This event launched new analysis from NIESR on the link between inequality and debt in the run up to the 2008/09 financial crisis.  It considered the extent to which lower income households, who saw low income growth in the pre-crisis period, borrowed in order to sustain their consumption.  It also considered whether, with credit conditions … Continued

The end of home ownership – is renting really so bad?

Thursday 3 November 2011

Despite a continued aspiration to own, many low to middle income households are facing a lifetime of renting privately. In today’s housing market it would take the average low to middle income household 31 years to save for a deposit on a first home.  If the private rented sector is to meet their need for affordable, … Continued

Roundtable Discussion on Housing

Friday 15 April 2011

The Resolution Foundation held a roundtable discussion, in partnership with the London Development Agency, to consider the role Local Authorities can play in supporting the housing needs of low-to-middle earners via build-to-let development. The Resolution Foundation recently published a briefing paper outlining the housing needs of low-to-middle earners and the possible contribution of institutional investment in the … Continued

Institutional investment in the rental market to support the housing needs of people on low-to-middle incomes

Monday 13 December 2010

On 13 December we hosted a roundtable, in partnership with Grainger, to explore whether and how institutional investment could support the housing needs of people on low-to-middle incomes. The roundtable event was attended by a range of stakeholders including institutions, housing associations, landlords, experts and government policy makers. Key barriers to institutional investment included: lower … Continued

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