Commission on Living Standards

Resolution Foundation

aP1000840

Gaining From Growth: The final report of the Commission on Living Standards

The Commission on Living Standards unveiled its final report, Gaining from Growth, on 31 October 2012 at Sixty One Whitehall.

Speaking at the launch event, the Commission’s Chair Clive Cowdery said it suggested solutions to a “fundamental long-term structural problem in Britain” which means lower-income families no longer share in the benefits of national economic growth.

He said the diverse backgrounds of the 14 Commissioners led them to rely on hard evidence not pre-conceptions to reach a broad consensus on the nature of the problem and its solutions.

During 18 months of analysis and discussion, the Commission’s work had begun to raise the standard of debate in the country and its recommendations provided a basis for politicians of all parties to address the living standards issue as Britain approaches the next election.

He was joined at the launch by some fellow Commissioners: Phil Bentley, (Managing Director of British Gas), Gavin Kelly (Chief Executive of the Resolution Foundation, Paul Johnson (Director of the IFS), Frances O’Grady (incoming General Secretary of the TUC), and Sally Russell (Director of Netmums). James Plunkett, Secretary to the Commission on Living Standards, presented the Commission’s key findings.

The event was chaired by Faisal Islam, Economics Editor of Channel 4 News. He told the 200-strong audience that the Commission’s work was “extremely helpful in re-focusing the debate over what many would argue is a broken social contract”.

Living with Less? The future for living standards in the UK

Conservative Party Conference
12:45 - 13:45 Monday 8 October 2012
Room 102, The Jurys Inn, 245 Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2HQ

This event at the Conservative Party Conference asked what the outlook for living standards might be and what role Government should play.

Jesse Norman MP
Shaun Bailey, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister
Clive Cowdery, Chairman, Resolution Foundation
Matthew Oakley, Head of Economics & Social Policy, Policy Exchange
Philip Collins, Columnist & Leader Writer, The Times (Chair)

Squeezed Britain: Meeting the living standards challenge in the decade ahead

Labour Party Conference
12:30 - 14:00 Tuesday 2 October 2012
Derby Suite, Midland Hotel, 16 Peter Street, Manchester M60 2DS

This event at the Labour Party Conference asked what the outlook for living standards might be and what role Government should play.

Rachel Reeves MP, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury
Gaby Hinsliff, Author and former Political Editor, The Observer
Richard Lloyd, Executive Director, Which?
Gavin Kelly, Chief Executive, Resolution Foundation
Allegra Stratton, Political Editor, BBC Newsnight (Chair)

Squeezed Britain: Meeting the living standards challenge in the decade ahead

Liberal Democrat Party Conference
20:00 - 21:15 Monday 24 September 2012
Consort Room, The Grand Hotel, 97-99 King's Road  Brighton BN1 2FW

This event at the Liberal Democrat Party Conference asked what the outlook for living standards might be and what role Government should play.

Jo Swinson MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs
Ben Page, Chief Executive, Ipsos MORI
Will Hutton, Principal of Hertford College, University of Oxford
Gavin Kelly, Chief Executive, Resolution Foundation
Patrick Wintour, Political Editor, The Guardian (Chair)

It’s the Middle Class, Stupid! Stan Greenberg and David Miliband MP

It’s the Middle Class, Stupid! Stan Greenberg and David Miliband MP

18:00 - 19:30 Tuesday 11 September 2012
23 Savile Row, London W1S 2ET

The Resolution Foundation hosted a keynote speech by Stan Greenberg, former polling advisor to President Bill Clinton, to discuss the issues raised by his latest book (co-written with James Carville), It’s the Middle Class, Stupid! The event was chaired by David Miliband MP and asked what the UK can learn from the US experience, discussing what action we can take to restore the link between growth and gain for working people.

Raising Living Standards - Nick Boles MP and Lord Andrew Adonis

Raising Living Standards - Nick Boles MP and Lord Andrew Adonis

09:30 - 11:00 Tuesday 10 July 2012
23 Savile Row, London W1S 2ET

The Resolution Foundation hosted a keynote political speech by Nick Boles MP, with a response from Lord Andrew Adonis, on the challenge of raising living standards for those on low to middle incomes in the decade ahead.

Raising Living Standards - Rachel Reeves MP

Raising Living Standards - Rachel Reeves MP

09:30 - 11:00 Thursday 28 June 2012
23 Savile Row, London W1S 2ET

The Resolution Foundation hosted a keynote political speech by Rachel Reeves MP on the challenge of raising living standards for those on low to middle incomes in the decade ahead. Matthew Whittaker presented Resolution Foundation analysis at the event.

Tax credits: a help or hindrance for low pay?

Tax credits: a help or hindrance for low pay?

09:30 - 11:00 Tuesday 29 May 2012
23 Savile Row, London W1S 2ET

The Resolution Foundation hosted a policy seminar to discuss the future role of the tax credit system.

Paul Gregg, Professor of Economic and Social Policy, University of Bath
Matthew Whittaker, Senior Economist, Resolution Foundation - download slides
Polly Toynbee, Columnist and Author, The Guardian
Nicholas Timmins, Former Public Policy Editor, Financial Times
Gavin Kelly, Chief Executive, Resolution Foundation (Chair)

Inequality, Debt and Growth

Inequality, Debt and Growth

09:30 - 11:00 Tuesday 15 May 2012
23 Savile Row, London W1S 2ET

The Resolution Foundation hosted a policy seminar to discuss the extent to which lower income households, who saw low income growth in the pre-crisis period, borrowed in order to sustain their consumption.  It also considered whether, with credit conditions now constrained, broader based income growth could be important for boosting demand in the economy.

Jonathan Portes, Director, NIESR
Paulo Lucchino, Researcher, NIESR - download slides
Chris Giles, Economics Editor, Financial Times
Sir Tony Atkinson Fellow, Nuffield College & Professor, London School of Economics
Gavin Kelly, Chief Executive, Resolution Foundation (Chair)

More than a minimum: Where next for the National Minimum Wage?

09:30 - 11:00 Tuesday 17 April 2012
23 Savile Row, London W1S 2ET

The Resolution Foundation hosted a policy seminar to discuss what role the minimum wage can play in raising living standards in the years ahead.

Alan Manning, Head of Economics, LSE - download slides
John Philpott, Chief Economic Adviser, CIPD
John Cruddas MP
Gavin Kelly, Chief Executive, Resolution Foundation (Chair)