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Wednesday 6 September 2023

A living standards election?

What the year ahead could mean for family - and political - fortunes

The cost of living crisis has not only dragged on longer than anyone hoped, it has evolved. As the focus has moved from energy bills to food prices, alongside rising rent and mortgage costs, the impact on different groups has changed. It will change further in the run in to a 2024 general election, with significant uncertainty about how far unemployment might rise and whether inflation will remain stubbornly high.

How has the cost of living crisis evolved over the past 18 months? How have different households been affected? What is the outlook for household finances in the run up to the next election, and which issues are likely to move centre stage? And how will this affect British politics in that pre-election year?

The Resolution Foundation is hosting an in-person and online event to debate and answer these questions. Following a presentation of the key highlights from our latest Living Standards Outlook, we will hear from leading experts on what the prolonged living standards squeeze means for households and policymakers.