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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

Research and Policy Analyst
E: jack.leslie@resolutionfoundation.org

George Bangham

Research and Policy Analyst
T: 0203 372 2950
E: george.bangham@resolutionfoundation.org
Publications

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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The Missing Billions

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In this spotlight we discuss new research on the size and distribution of UK household wealth. Such wealth matters for living standards, economic opportunity and the ability of families to…
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A gap that won’t close

The distribution of wealth between ethnic groups in Great Britain

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The coronavirus pandemic has shone a harsh light on wealth inequality in Britain, with wealth playing an important role shaping families’ experience of the crisis. This briefing examines the gaps…
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The Child Trust Fund comes of age

It presents a unique opportunity to learn about the difference that asset ownership can make

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With little fanfare the UK is about to witness a mass experiment in the extension of access to capital. Other nations may have sovereign wealth funds, and some have experimented…
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Any further questions?

From 'Weathering the storm: How wealth shapes the ability of families to face this economic crisis'

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We often have more questions submitted for our event Q&A sessions than we’re able to answer. Where this is the case, we’ll endeavour to respond to a selection of the…
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Rainy days

An audit of household wealth and the initial effects of the coronavirus crisis on saving and spending in Great Britain

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Families in Great Britain are faced with the most severe economic contraction in more than 100 years. Much of the immediate focus among policy makers has been on the size…
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Events

Weathering the storm

How wealth shapes the ability of families to face this economic crisis

Individual wealth has grown significantly in recent decades, increasing from three- to nearly seven-times GDP since the 1980s. However, neither policy nor politics have kept pace with the scale of…
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Who gains?

The importance of accounting for capital gains

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This report looks at what we know about taxable capital gains; how our understanding of top income shares changes if we include capital gains in our analysis; and whether official…
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