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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.


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The Living Standards Audit 2020

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This report provides an estimate of living standards in lockdown Britain, placing them in the context of a poor decade for incomes. It looks at how different groups have fared before and during lockdown, and explores upcoming risks for household incomes.

Contacts

Adam Corlett

Senior Economic Analyst
T: 020 3372 2983
E: adam.corlett@resolutionfoundation.org

Daniel Tomlinson

Research and Policy Analyst
T: 0203 372 2966
E: daniel.tomlinson@resolutionfoundation.org
Events

Crunch time

The causes and consequences of Britain’s cost of living squeeze

In-person event and live interactive webinar. Register to receive access link. A faster than expected economic recovery has evolved into an entirely unexpected cost of living squeeze. Energy bills surges,…
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Taper cut

Analysis of the Autumn Budget changes to Universal Credit

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This briefing note looks at the changes to Universal Credit (UC) – the main benefit for low-income families – made by the Chancellor in the Autumn 2021 Budget. The reduction…
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Are you better off today?

Real income growth under different governments since 1955

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In the 1980 presidential contest between the incumbent Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, the latter asked voters “Are you better off today than you were four years ago?”. Although far…
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Events

Budgeting for Britain

What the Budget and Spending Review tell us about the Government’s economic strategy

Rishi Sunak has had to make a flurry of major fiscal announcements during his 18-months as Chancellor amidst the Covid-19 crisis. At last, with the worse of the crisis behind…
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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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The big squeeze

Assessing the changes to family incomes over the next six months

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This winter will see a major income squeeze – and it will be focused on low-to-middle income households. High inflation, especially higher energy bills, will strain many families’ finances. But…
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Soaring energy bills will turn cost of living crunch into a crisis

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We are heading into a cost-of-living crunch this autumn, with low and middle-income Britain facing the tightest squeeze as bills rise and Universal Credit is cut. Crises often build slowly…
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The Living Standards Audit 2021

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This report is our fifth annual Living Standards Audit. This year we update our analysis of income before Covid-19; assess how incomes are faring during the crisis; and consider factors…
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