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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
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Pandemic Pressures

Why families on a low income are spending more during Covid-19

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Household spending has fallen during the Covid-19 pandemic, but not for many of those on the lowest incomes. This note brings together data from representative surveys with vivid accounts from…
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Events

A standard recovery?

The outlook for living standards, poverty and inequality

2020 was tough for household living standards, even with unprecedented support to increase benefits and pay wages through the Job Retention Scheme. While the start of 2021 looks grim, a…
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Lockdown lessons

What 2020 has to teach us about the difficult weeks ahead

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2021 begins with England and Scotland heading into new lockdowns, and tough ones at that. Lasting until at least late February, England’s new restrictions are more comparable to those of…
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Home and away

The UK labour market in a post-Brexit world

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This briefing note considers a number of ways in which the labour market could be affected as the UK moves to a tighter, post-Brexit immigration regime in January 2021. Under…
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Time out

Reforming Statutory Sick Pay to support the Covid-19 recovery phase

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In a pandemic, sick pay should play a crucial public health role, as well as providing income protection. But the UK’s Statutory Sick Pay is low by international standards, and…
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Events

Cash for Covid

Assessing the Spending Review and economic outlook

With economic uncertainty running high, the Chancellor has cancelled his Budget and scaled down his upcoming Spending Review. But he still faces big decisions about how much of this year’s…
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