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Wealth & assets


In recent decades household wealth in Great Britain has risen from around three times national income to almost seven times, driven by higher house prices and pension valuations. This rise has profound implications for society, since wealth and assets provide security for all who have it, and power for a few at the top. Recently there have been advances in measurement, but not so much in understanding the implications for society. Our work assesses what the distribution means for living standards today, how wealth taxation could be reformed, and how policy might promote wealth accumulation for all.

Contacts

Jack Leslie

Senior Economist
T: 020 3372 2960
E: jack.leslie@resolutionfoundation.org

Krishan Shah

Economist
T: 020 3372 2960
E: krishan.shah@resolutionfoundation.org
Publications

Intergenerational rapport fair?

Intergenerational wealth transfers and the effect on UK families

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Intergenerational wealth transfers – both gifts and inheritances – have increasingly become a major feature of UK economic life. These wealth transfers have major impacts on how people live their…
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Wealth on the eve of a crisis

Exploring the UK’s pre-pandemic wealth distribution

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Today’s release of data from the Wealth and Assets Survey (WAS) gives us a key insight into the financial position of families on the eve of the pandemic. It shows…
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Publications

Home county

Options for taxing main residence capital gains

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Over the past 30 years, the total value of household wealth in the UK has risen from three times national income to well over seven times. Inflation-beating house price growth…
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Events

The Great British wealth windfall

Is now the time to reform property taxation?

House prices across the UK have rocketed over recent decades, and have continued to surge even when the rest of the economy collapsed during the Covid crisis. This has delivered…
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(Wealth) gap year

The impact of the coronavirus crisis on UK household wealth

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This report is the second in a series of annual reports analysing the state of wealth in Britain. In it we provide the first complete picture of the impact 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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Publications

Stakes and ladders

The costs and benefits of buying a first home over the generations

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Today’s young people often point bitterly to the lower house prices their parents and grandparents paid, while those from older generations look jealously at the low interest rates that first-time…
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The UK’s wealth distribution and characteristics of high-wealth households

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Household wealth is profoundly important for living standards but is held very unequally. Official estimates of wealth in the UK underestimate its size – by £800 billion – and also…
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