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The Covid-19 pandemic is having a profound impact on the UK economy, as well as other economies around the world. Here we consider the scale and nature of the economic shock, and what practical support is neededkey takeaways to help limit the living standards hit to households.


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Economic policy beyond the lockdown

Having weathered the first wave of the coronavirus economic storm, the task now facing the country is how to reopen, revive, and rebuild our economy while the virus remains with us. The Government needs to act as quickly, boldly, and creatively in the recovery phase of the outbreak as it did in the initial rescue phase. Delay or relying on traditional policy levers not tailored to the nature of this crisis risks a widespread failure of firms and a return to persistently high unemployment; either would lead to long-term scarring to our productive potential. In this report we go further...

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Torsten Bell

Chief Executive
T: 0203 372 2960
E: torsten.bell@resolutionfoundation.org

Mike Brewer

Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Economist
T: 0203 372 2907
E: mike.brewer@resolutionfoundation.org
Events

New year, old pandemic

Assessing the politics, economics and epidemiology of 2022

With Omicron cases the only thing rising faster than energy bills, 2022 is off to a difficult start. The pandemic and cost of living pressures will continue to dominate political…
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Publications

Social mobility in the time of Covid

Assessing the social mobility implications of Covid-19

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Covid-19 has had a profound impact on the economic prospects of young people. This briefing note, which forms part of the Economy 2030 Inquiry, documents the unequal impact of economic…
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The new wave

The economic policy response to Omicron

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A new wave of this pandemic is underway, even if we can’t see much sign of it yet in the UK-wide data. The Prime Minister rightly tells us to expect…
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Post-furlough blues

What happened to furloughed workers after the end of the Job Retention Scheme?

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Going into the autumn, most official forecasters expected unemployment to be little affected by the ending of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (JRS), which closed in September 2021. However, there…
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Who is still on furlough and what will happen next?

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The past 18 months have been full of surprises, all too often on the downside. But as well as the miracle of vaccines, we should also celebrate the triumph of…
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Job well done

18 months of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

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The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (JRS) ends in just a few short days. Over the past 18 months, it has covered the wages of some 11.6 million people, and has…
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The beginning of the end

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The furlough scheme is less than 90 days from closing down, with 1 July 2021 marking the beginning of its wind-down now that employers are contributing 10 per cent of…
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Events

Whose wealth?

Assessing the full impact of the pandemic on household wealth

While the Covid-19 pandemic has been about curbing and contraction – from normal activities to employment – many aspects of household wealth have grown very swiftly. Families unable to spend…
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