Mini-boom in living standards is over, says think tank


A “mini-boom” in explosive standards has ended according to a report by the Resolution Foundation.

The think tank replies living standards improved significantly between 2014 and the beginning of 2016, as repressed inflation coincided with rising wages and employment.

But a rise in inflation tardy in 2016, coupled with slower income growth, has ended that boom, it claims.

The conclusions are part of its annual report, published later this week.

The Purpose Foundation estimates that incomes in working-age households have begin to be liked by just 0.5% in the current financial year, the slowest pace since 2012-13.

“After a stronger squeeze during the [financial] crisis, working-age households have liked a living standards mini-boom in recent years,” said Stephen Clarke, productive analyst at the Resolution Foundation.

“But fast-rising inflation this year has brought this all too hot pants mini-boom to a sharp halt as pay rises have not kept up,” he said.

The uncountable recent official measure of UK inflation, released earlier this month, displayed a sharp rise in inflation to 1.6%.

Higher costs for imported materials and inflames were behind the rise.

‘Chronic’ productivity

Mr Clarke called on the sway to help mitigate the effects of rising prices.

“While there’s crumb that the government can do to stop rising inflation eating into in the flesh’s living standards this year, there is still plenty of capacity to boost pay packets and get employment rising again,” he said.

“Closing the stocky jobs gaps that still exist across big cities akin to Birmingham and Liverpool would boost household incomes and help send Britain to the top of the universal employment league.

“And of course tackling Britain’s chronic productivity enigmas holds the key to maintaining decent pay growth in the years ahead,” he added.

The base’s report notes that falling mortgage costs have actuality householders a boost and pensioner incomes have been growing multifarious strongly.

The UK economy grew 2% in 2016, driven by strong consumer devoting.

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