‘Blue Wall’ paying the price of relative decline in the 2010s, alongside long-lasting North-South divide

The ‘Blue Wall’ constituencies that switched from Labour to the Conservatives in the last election experienced a tough 2010s in terms of their jobs, pay and house prices, according to new research published today (Wednesday) by the Resolution Foundation. Painting the towns blue explores the demographics and living standards of the 50 seats across Wales, … Continued

The ‘Universal Credit parliament’ has finally arrived, but UC’s very different impact across the country is being ignored

Press release from the Resolution Foundation Embargo – 00:01hrs Tuesday 21st 2020   The ‘Universal Credit parliament’ has finally arrived, but UC’s very different impact across the country is being ignored   The impact of Universal Credit (UC) will be felt very differently in different places: something currently being ignored amid growing debates about how … Continued

Women’s working week lasts an hour longer since the crisis

Britain’s centuries-long fall in the length of the working week has stalled in the wake of the financial crisis, and has actually increased by an hour for women and young people over the past decade, according to new research published today (Saturday) by the Resolution Foundation. The Times They Aren’t A Changin’ – supported by Trust … Continued

More lower income households are using consumer debt – even as overall household debt has fallen from pre-crisis peaks

Low-income households have seen the fastest rise in the use of consumer debt since the financial crisis, and are too exposed to financial shocks, according to new research published today (Wednesday) by the Resolution Foundation. An outstanding balance? explores changes in the use of consumer debt – including credit cards, store cards, mail order and … Continued

Stronger enforcement needed as minimum wage underpayment grows

Stronger enforcement of the minimum wage is needed as underpayment is rising, and fines for those underpaying are too low, according to new research published today (Wednesday) by the Resolution Foundation. Under the wage floor says that the huge success of the UK’s legal minimum wage over the last 20 years has combined higher wages … Continued

Main parties already likely to break their new fiscal rules

Labour and the Conservatives are already likely to be on course to break their new fiscal rules announced less than a month ago, as a result of pledges made in and around their Manifestos, according to new research published today (Thursday) by the Resolution Foundation. The Foundation says that fiscal rules are important for the … Continued

Conservative manifesto risks child poverty reaching record highs while no manifesto will reduce it

Child poverty is set to continue rising under the Conservative Party’s social security plans, while Labour’s £9 billion of extra spending would mean 550,000 fewer children in poverty but not see current poverty rates fall, according to new research published today (Tuesday) by the Resolution Foundation. The shifting shape of social security shows how the … Continued

Modest manifesto sees Conservatives scrap tax cut promises – and the country facing a huge choice on the size of the state  

Commenting on the 2019 Conservative Manifesto published today (Sunday), Torsten Bell, Chief Executive of the Resolution Foundation, said: “Brexit is happening, but big tax cuts aren’t. That is the short version of an already very short Conservative manifesto. “Boris Johnson has chosen to break unwise leadership election promises of tax cuts totalling over £20 billion. Instead … Continued

Labour have doubled down on plans to increase the size of the state

Commenting on the 2019 Labour Manifesto published today (Thursday), Torsten Bell, Chief Executive of the Resolution Foundation, said: “Labour’s 2019 Manifesto has doubled down on their plans to increase the size of the state. The £70bn of spending increases they proposed two years ago has now risen to £135 billion. “This would take the size of … Continued

Slowing economy begins to impact UK’s strong labour market

Underneath stable headlines of near record employment, several worrying indicators show that our slowing economy may now be affecting our labour market, the Resolution Foundation said today (Tuesday) in response to the latest ONS labour market statistics. Overall the UK’s labour market remains strong with employment, unemployment and inactivity rates stable over the course of … Continued

Record UK employment driven by households trying to combat unprecedented income squeeze

Britain’s record employment is the result of its post-crisis income squeeze, and means we’re working an extra 65 million hours a week, according to a new report published today (Tuesday) by the Resolution Foundation. The report, Feel poor, work more, argues that Britain’s record employment level is one of the biggest economic stories of the … Continued

Rising housing costs have wiped out 90 per cent of living standards gains for low-income families since early 2000s

Election manifestos need to tackle Britain’s high, unequal housing-costs as well as low home ownership

Higher housing costs have reduced incomes and increased inequality as the poorest families have borne the brunt of Britain’s 40-year housing crisis, the Resolution Foundation warns in new analysis published today (Saturday). The research – Inequality Street – notes that public concern about housing has grown in recent years, with approaching one-in-five adults now believing … Continued

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