Spending review outcomes for the science budget and official stats

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Last week's UK government spending review set out whether statisticians working in both academia and in official statistics would see a rise or fall in their sector's funding from government.

Statistics academics and researchers affected by the UK's research budget will see it increase over the next four years in line with inflation. The announcement was welcomed by the UK's research councils as it means that the science resource budget will be more than £500 million higher by the end of the decade compared to 2015-16 - an absolute cash increase.

It was also announced that Sir Paul Nurse's recent recommendation to develop a new organisation, Research UK, to work across the UK's seven research councils, would be taken forward. Innovate UK will also be brought into the new umbrella body.

The spending review settlement for the Office for National Statistics requires it to deliver savings of around 20% in its core activities by 2019-20. 'This is likely to include reductions in some current statistical outputs as well as efficiency savings,' said national statistician John Pullinger in a statement. 'These savings will be reinvested in our operations and allow us to begin to deliver our modernising vision set out in the 'Better Statistics, Better Decisions' strategy.'

Pullinger added that over the next two years investments would be made to improve ONS's technology and staff skills, as well as 'high-priority development projects' to enhance economic statistics including implementing recommendations from Sir Charles Bean's recent interim report on the subject.


Office for National Statistics (ONS) Sir Paul Nurse

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