WIG Alumni Event - An evening with the Resolution Foundation
The WIG Alumni Network is for alumni who have graduated from a WIG leadership programme or collaborated with us on our career development offer such as secondments or non-exec roles. More information.
The issue of inequality has risen swiftly up the political agenda in recent years. Prompted in no small part by the divisive nature of the EU referendum campaign, we’ve seen politicians across the spectrum – from Theresa May and her focus on “burning injustices”, to Jeremy Corbyn and his preference for “the many not the few” – pledging to do more to support the ‘left behind’. Yet the nation’s headline measure of income inequality has been almost unchanged over the past 25 years. It’s true that inequality is higher in the UK than in many other advanced economies, but that’s been the case for some time. Why is it only now that the subject is generating such interest? And just how big a factor was it in the vote for Brexit?
In this talk, Matt will consider how well the data fits the perception on inequality – highlighting the extent to which we need to supplement the headline inequality measure with other information in order to better understand a divide that’s been long in the making.
Join us for an engaging evening of discussions, networking and rekindled connections. Find out more about the speakers below.
About the speakers
The Resolution Foundation
The Resolution Foundation is a non-partisan and award-winning think-tank that works to improve the living standards of those in Britain on low to middle incomes. They conduct authoritative analytical research on living standards in the UK and produce effective policy solutions that help shape the debate on economic and social policy. To do this they work across a wide range of issues such as low pay and the minimum wage, the future of the labour market, intergenerational fairness, social mobility, reforming the tax and benefit system, household debt, childcare and housing policy. They hold a regular programme of events drawing on experts from a diverse range of backgrounds – academia, employers, the voluntary sector and the City. They engage with politicians from across the political spectrum. They are currently hosting the Intergenerational Commission, bringing together leaders from business, academia and policy-making to devise a means of repairing the social contract between generations. The Resolution Foundation has been awarded UK Social Policy Think Tank of the Year (2015), UK Think Tank of the Year (2013), and UK Social Policy Think Tank of the Year and Publication of the Year (2012).
Matthew WhittakerThe Resolution Foundation
Matthew joined the Resolution Foundation in 2008 and took a lead role in developing the Foundation’s growing research focus on living standards among low to middle income households. He now manages the organisation’s research output, covering a broad range of topics including the labour market, the tax and benefit system, housing, consumer debt, public finances and monetary policy. He is also chair of the Intergenerational Commission’s Technical Panel. He has published more than 50 reports for the Foundation and is a regular media commentator. He serves on many working groups on issues relating to living standards and is a member of the National Statistician’s Advisory Panel for Consumer Price Statistics. He joined the Foundation from the House of Commons Library, where he provided economic and statistical advice to individual Members and to a number of select committees. In 2009 he received a ‘Mentor of the Year’ award from the National Mentoring Consortium. He received the Clayton Award in Economics when he graduated from Sheffield University.