The Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, set out his maiden UK Budget on 11th March. Professor Dame Anne Glover, RSE President, has provided her initial reflections, saying:
This Budget with science, innovation and technology at its heart, demonstrates the invaluable role of science and research in supporting economic and social prosperity and well-being. While welcoming the UK Government’s ambitious commitment to increase R&D investment to £22 billion per year by 2024–25, it will be crucially important to ensure that all parts of the UK are able to benefit from, and inform how the additional resources are invested. As Scotland’s National Academy, the Royal Society of Edinburgh looks forward to working with both the UK and Scottish Governments to ensure that Scotland can benefit from increased investment in science and research capacity, and that there is a clear line of sight between the spending commitments made in this Budget and strengthening R&D activity in Scotland.