Tuesday 18 May 2021

The UK’s decisive decade

Launch of The Economy 2030 Inquiry

The UK is on the brink of a decade of change. In the 2020s, the country will need to not just recover from Covid-19, but also emerge from the EU, urgently transition towards a Net Zero future, and adapt to transformative technology. Instead of simply being the post-pandemic period, this is the decisive decade in which the UK needs to rebuild its approach to economic success. While these shifts will profoundly affect all of our lives and livelihoods, the UK currently lacks a plan for navigating them.

What will be the nature of the change to come? How can its fall-out be managed, including supporting the losers that change creates? How can the UK reshape its path to economic success in this fundamentally changed context? And where can these changes help us to overcome the UK’s long standing problems of low productivity and high inequality?

In order to explore and answer the challenge of navigating a decade that will redefine Britain, the Resolution Foundation, in collaboration with the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics, is launching a ground-breaking new three-year project, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, The Economy 2030 Inquiry. This matters for far more than economics. Slow growth, high inequality, and badly-handled economic disruption undermine the wellbeing of individuals and their communities, foment social divisions and breed political problems.

The Resolution Foundation is hosting an interactive webinar to launch the Economy 2030 Inquiry. During the event, several of the Inquiry’s Commissioners – including Baroness Minouche Shafik and leading economist Dani Rodrik – will discuss the economic change that the UK is about to live through, and what we can learn from our own history and the experiences of other countries.

Viewers will be able to submit questions to the panel before and during the event.