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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
Publications

The Living Standards Outlook 2021

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In the Living Standards Outlook, we assess how the hoped-for post-pandemic economic recovery might translate into a recovery for living standards. Focusing on working-age households, we provide projections for household…
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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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Improving our understanding of UK poverty will require better data

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Policy makers across the political spectrum want to improve the living standards of the UK’s poorer households. The Leader of the House of Commons recently stated that “We are committed…
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Caught in a (Covid) trap

Incomes, savings and spending through the coronavirus crisis

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In this briefing note we examine how the family finances of working-age adults have been affected since Covid-19 gripped the nation this spring. Drawing on new data from a representative…
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Comment

The Chancellor has prevented a grim winter of redundancies – but has failed to fix the faults with his jobs support package

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On Thursday, Rishi Sunak announced that the Job Retention Scheme – where employees can be put on furlough and still get 80 per cent of their wages covered by the…
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From locking down to levelling up

The past, present and future of Welsh living standards

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Wales needs to move centre-stage in the UK’s ‘levelling up’ agenda as its strong performance on jobs has not been matched on pay packets, leaving the country struggling to reduce…
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Events

Coping with the crunch

COVID-19’s impact on household incomes, savings and debt

The spring lockdown caused the biggest short-term income shock since the mid-1970s, with better off households seeing their savings rise while lower income families took on more debt. But this…
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