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UK scientists dodge bullet

The government spares research from deep spending cuts, but science could still face consequences

Colin Macilwain
The British government surprised researchers of all disciplines today (20 October) by promising to protect core research from a linkurl:harsh, four-year program;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/57749/ of public spending cuts.
George Osbourne
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Announcing the spending review to a packed House of Commons, George Osborne, the chancellor of the exchequer, said: "Britain is a world leader in scientific research, and this is vital to our future economic success." He announced that the science budget at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) -- which pays for research at Britain's universities -- would be frozen at £4.6 billion until 2014/15. Budgets in other departments were cut by an average of 19 percent over the four-year period.The small print of the review document also said that spending on the Medical Research Council would be increased to take account of inflation over the period, indicating that biomedical research will do better than other...
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