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Spending review: A freeze on research funding is welcomed by scientists who had feared cuts

Diabetes UK spends 22 per cent of the charity’s income on research, and aims to spend around £6 million on research during 2010 to investigate the causes and prevention of diabetes, to improve care and treatment of diabetes and ultimately to work towards a cure. Scientists had feared that the country’s research budget could be cut by up to 20 per cent in the Comprehensive Spending Review announced by the Chancellor, George Osborne.

 

Science funding ring-fenced

However, the coalition Government announced that the UK’s science budget will be frozen at a value of just over £4.6bn for the next four years. This funding will also be ring-fenced, meaning that it cannot be reallocated for other government needs. However, commentators have noted that the freeze corresponds to a 10% cut over the four years, after allowing for inflation.

 

Charitable research needs support

Diabetes UK Director of Research, Dr Iain Frame, said "This is good news and shows that the Government has listened to us telling them that charitable research needs to be supported in order to bring about real health benefits as well as helping wealth creation for the nation.  Of course the devil will be in the detail and we will be following the rolling out of the CSR with great interest to ensure that the Charitable Research Support Fund is continued at its current level and that the attribution of research costs for clinical trials is fair and transparent."

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