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Material living standards are the result of labour market outcomes, taxes, benefits, housing and more. Bringing all of these together, we track past, present and projected changes in incomes to assess how the economy is really working for households. We look especially at low-to-middle-income families, and at the various inequalities in modern Britain.

Contacts

Adam Corlett

Principal Economist
T: 020 3372 2983
E: adam.corlett@resolutionfoundation.org

Daniel Tomlinson

Senior Economist
T: 0203 372 2966
E: daniel.tomlinson@resolutionfoundation.org
Publications

Cutting back to keep warm

Why low-income households will have to cut back on spending by three times as much as high-income households this winter

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This winter, low-income households will have to reduce their spending by three times as much as high-income households in order to afford their energy bills – a situation that is…
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Publications

In the dread of winter

Prospects for inflation in the coming months ahead of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Report

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In the face of the highest inflation rate for 40 years, many are predicting that the Bank of England will announce the largest interest rate rise in 27 years this…
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Publications

The Living Standards Audit 2022

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This report, the 14th in an annual series, takes a long view of what has happened to household incomes in Britain over recent decades, what has driven periods of growth…
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Events

The long view of living standards

What drives income growth and inequality in modern Britain?

Britain is in the midst of a cost-of-living crisis that is squeezing the incomes of households across the country. That crisis is particularly challenging because it comes against a backdrop…
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Energy prices: Why now is the time to act to help millions of families facing fuel bill catastrophe

A benefits boost and insulation drive are needed

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The first day of April saw the largest overnight jump in energy bills in living memory, pushing up the cost of gas and electricity for 22 million families by more…
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The cost of living crisis is going to hurt

To tackle it, we will also need to address the stagnation which has bedevilled the UK economy for years

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Britain is at last stepping out of the pandemic that has dominated the last two years – only to step straight into a huge cost of living crisis that will…
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Publications

Stressed out

April brings an acute squeeze on UK living standards as higher energy bills lead to widespread fuel stress

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April 2022 will see the UK’s cost of living crisis intensify as energy prices jump by more than half overnight, pushing 5 million English households into fuel stress, even accounting…
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