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The Progressive Policy Think Tank

IPPR Commission on Economic Justice

About the Commission

The IPPR Commission on Economic Justice was established in the autumn of 2016 in the wake of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, to examine the challenges facing the UK economy and make practical recommendations for reform.

Non-party-political, the Commission brought together leading figures from across the economy and society: from business and trade unions, civil society organisations and academia, from different political viewpoints and from both sides of the EU referendum.

The Commission has published 17 discussion and policy papers to inform its own work and wider public debate, including an interim report published in September 2017.

The Commission’s final report, Prosperity and Justice: A Plan for the New Economy, was published in September 2018. The report sets out the Commission’s analysis of the profound and long-standing problems of the UK economy, and argues for a new vision in which prosperity and justice are achieved together. It presents a wide-ranging and integrated 10-part plan for reform, with over 70 recommendations in areas including industrial strategy, the labour market, corporate governance reform, competition policy, macroeconomic policy, the financial sector, wealth and ownership, taxation, environmental sustainability and devolved economic policy.

The Commission’s work has been generously supported by a number of organisations and individuals. A full list of funders is available here.

To inform its work the Commission issued calls for evidence on key areas of research, and received a wide range of responses. Its research team and Commissioners consulted with a wide range of experts and stakeholders, and held a number of round table events to discuss its analysis and draft policy proposals. Those who submitted evidence and contributed to the research process in other ways are listed here. The Commission’s panel of economic advisers provided guidance at key points and on key issues.

The Commission has sought throughout its work to stimulate public and policy debate. It has both engaged directly with key decision-makers and publicised its reports widely in the media. A monthly newsletter has been emailed to a large number of interested individuals and organisations. Through its final report, the Commission hopes to stimulate a far-reaching public debate on the causes of the UK’s economic problems, and how they can be addressed.