CaSE’s concerns over the state of British science funding were raised last night during a debate on BBC2′ s Newsnight programme, by Mariana Mazzucato, Professor in Science and Technology Policy at the University of Sussex.
Speaking on the so-called “valley of death” – the gap between basic research and its commercial applications – Professor Mazzucato used her opening remarks to highlight CaSE’s recent analysis:
“First of all, the latest figures from the Campaign for Science and Engineering show that there has been a 14.6% real cut in UK science spending, when you include capital spending, and this is at the same time as our competitors, such as Germany, have increased it by 15%.”
You can watch the full debate here (the article starts at 24 mins and the debate at 36 mins).
The figures come from a recent CaSE report ‘Public Funding of UK Science and Engineering; Putting Government Rhetoric to the Test’, which reveals an effective £1.7bn cut in cash terms during this Spending Review period, despite the Government’s claims that it ‘froze’ the science budget.
As part of this work, CaSE has called on the Government to develop a long-term investment plan to boost economic growth in the UK.
On Monday the Science Minister David Willetts, responding to a Parliamentary question by his Labour Shadow, Chi Onwurah, confirmed that his department receives regular representations from stakeholders, including CaSE, about the need for long term stability in science and research funding. We are pleased that the Minister recognises this and we look forward to continue working with him and his Department in making sure the UK remains a competitive place do science.