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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
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Expand the Help to Save scheme to help the poorest

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Publications

ISA ISA Baby

Assessing the Government’s policies to encourage household saving

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The cost of living crisis highlights the long-standing issue of there being too many UK families with too little in savings. This is not a reflection of policy neglect: there…
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Saving savings?

Assessing government incentives to put money aside

Savings matter. They help households cope in the face of economic shocks, take risks and plan for the future. But the UK has had a low savings rate for decades,…
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Events

Mortgaged millennials to bitterly cold boomers

Assessing the cost of living crisis across generations

Rising energy bills are with us and rising mortgage bills are on the way. While wages are falling far behind inflation, debates rage about whether benefits or the state pension…
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Arrears fears

The distribution of UK household wealth and the impact on families

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The defining economic challenge for UK families at the moment is the cost of living crisis, rising inflation threatens living standards in the UK as real incomes fall. Owning wealth…
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Events

Whose wealth boom?

Assessing the UK’s changing wealth gaps

Britain has experienced a wealth surge in recent decades even as household incomes have stagnated. Wealth really matters in both good times and tough times – from young families buying…
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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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