Inequality & poverty

Structurally unsound

Tackling embedded social inequality in the UK

UpcomingTuesday 8 October 2019

Britain is a more inclusive and open society than it was, but structural inequalities persist. These inequalities – covering race, gender, class, sexuality and health – are not always obvious, but they are embedded and tilt the balance against too many.

The past, present and future of living standards

What drives income growth and inequality across Britain?

Wednesday 17 July 2019

At an event at its Westminster offices, the Resolution Foundation marked the launch of its annual Living Standards Audit with a speech by Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell MP, alongside a presentation of the report’s key findings.

A lifetime of living standards

Launch of the Intergenerational Centre and inaugural Intergenerational Audit

Thursday 20 June 2019

To mark the launch of the Intergenerational Centre, led by Lord David Willetts, we published our inaugural Intergenerational Audit, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, to provide an up-to-date take on the big intergenerational issues facing 21st Century Britain.

Measuring poverty around the world: Launch of new book by Tony Atkinson with keynote address by Nick Stern

Tuesday 11 June 2019

Tuesday 11 June, 9.30-11.30am, Resolution Foundation offices, Westminster Tony Atkinson was one of the world’s leading social scientists and a pioneer in the study of poverty and inequality. His final book, Measuring Poverty around the World, published this month by Princeton University Press, provides an inspiring analysis of how poverty is – and should be – measured, … Continued

Living standards across Britain: the 700-year view

Wednesday 1 May 2019

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

Happy now? Wellbeing lessons for policy makers

Wednesday 13 February 2019

Subjective wellbeing is arguably the most important objective for households, but historically it has been far less of a priority for governments. However, the wellbeing agenda has grown in importance in Whitehall over the last decade and we have been comprehensively tracking it in official data since 2011. Now is the time to ask what concrete … Continued

Grand Challenges: How Britain can boost its prosperity amidst global economic shifts

Tuesday 22 May 2018

A series of lunchtime discussions with Ministers across government and leaders from the worlds of business, technology and policy, hosted by the Resolution Foundation Monday 21 – Thursday 24 May, Resolution Foundation offices, St James’ Park Raising productivity lies at the heart of our living standards and wider economic prospects. But finding the right levers … Continued

Re-assessing the Generational Contract: Examining intergenerational equity across advanced economies

Monday 14 May 2018

Monday 14 May, 9.30am-5.30pm, Resolution Foundation offices, St James Park Questions about intergenerational equity have risen up the economic and political agenda in recent years. From why the rapid generation-on-generation incomes gains of the 20th century have ended, to how the market and state should respond to ageing populations, these are some of the biggest … Continued

Repairing Britain’s generational divide: The Intergenerational Commission’s Final Report launch

Tuesday 8 May 2018

From the Brexit vote and the shock election result last year to the housing crisis and Britain’s painful pay squeeze – the issue of intergenerational fairness has hit centre stage in Britain’s political debate. Old and young alike worry that the 20th century norm of each generation enjoying higher living standards than the generation before … Continued

Party Conferences 2017

Sunday 24 September 2017

Labour Sunday 24 17.30-19.00 Hilton Brighton Metropole, Hall 7 – Tweed The big economy debate: austerity and living standards Lisa Nandy MP Ed Miliband MP Polly Toynbee, The Guardian Paul Johnson, The IFS Torsten Bell (chair)   Tuesday 26 12.30-13.30 Hilton Brighton Metropole, Lancaster How can Labour boost living standards across Britain’s cities? Marvin Rees, … Continued

Inequality in the UK: speech to the Resolution Foundation by Vince Cable MP, leader of the Liberal Democrats

Wednesday 6 September 2017

There is a vast gap between the living standards of the better and least well off in the UK. Under the surface, there are also stark generational and regional divides. Recently widening wealth inequality is now one of the greatest challenges facing the country. Seven decades after the foundation of the welfare state, why are … Continued

Grave new world: globalisation in retreat?

Wednesday 24 May 2017

UK book launch of Grave New World: The End of Globalisation and the Return of Economic Conflict by Stephen D. King The reach of globalisation has extended rapidly in recent decades. While many economists have long seen it as the best route to economic prosperity, recent political events have shattered any consensus that deeper globalisation … Continued

A tale of four cities

Thursday 26 January 2017

Resolution Foundation city events programme In the wake of Brexit and as we look toward the first ever Metro mayoral elections next May, England’s cities are in the spotlight. From the Northern Powerhouse to the Midlands Engine and beyond, the future of our economy will depend on the strength of our cities and their surrounding … Continued

Living Standards across the South Yorkshire Metro Area

Thursday 19 January 2017

In the wake of Brexit and as we look toward the first ever Metro mayoral elections this May, England’s cities are in the spotlight. From the Northern Powerhouse to the Midlands Engine and beyond, the future of our economy will depend on the strength of our cities. But there are huge economic inequalities both between … Continued

City living on the eve of devolution

Thursday 20 October 2016

Which cities have seen rising living standards and who has benefited? Major cities across England are about to be given new economic powers and new leadership through democratically-elected Metro Mayors as the latest phase of devolution takes place. But are cities the engines of growth, or the engines of intra-city inequality? What are the big … Continued

Film screening: The Divide

Monday 25 April 2016

How does the gap between the rich and poor affect the lives we live? What is the impact on the rich, as well as the rest? Is anyone really a winner from inequality and what, if anything, should be done to close the gap? These questions will be debated at a screening and Q&A of … Continued

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