CaSE has rated the 2021 Spending Review against our five-point roadmap for making the UK a 'science superpower'.

In the run-up to the Comprehensive Spending Review, CaSE published its five-point roadmap, which formed the centrepiece of our asks from the review. The roadmap sets out the best route towards cementing the UK’s role as a ‘science superpower’, as well as warning of the wrong turns to avoid at each step of the journey. 

With the Spending Review announced by the Chancellor last week, CaSE has taken the opportunity to rate the review against each of the five points. This follows on from our analysis on what the review means for science and engineering. You can also read all of our work on the Spending Review here.

The Spending Review means that public investment in R&D is set to rise substantially to £20bn by 2024/25, a 34% increase from 2021/22. However, this settlement falls short of the UK Government’s own ambitions of reaching £22bn by 2024/25, with this target now being pushed back to 2026/27 and into the next Parliament.


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