Quick off the mark Beeb summary here. The real McCoy here, for patient readers. (In standard government fashion, much blether and very repetitive…)
Headline (1) Science budget flat cash. Could have been worse but not exactly good.
Headline (2) Capital budget increased – extra 500M 2015-16.
Detail (1) Increased capital budget is
…enabling significant investment in projects including autonomous robotics, Big Data, and major upgrades and new facilities at Harwell Science and Innovation Campus
Detail (2) : MRC budget apparently not moved to Department of Health.
Most important point… just the beginning boys and girls. Research Council carve-up not yet announced, and maybe not even fixed. Fate of QR (see Peter’s blog post from yesterday) and student finance etc still unknown. Gird your loins and buckle up your breastplate.