Published: 25 November 2020

Following the Chancellor's Spending Review announcement, Aisling Burnand MBE, CEO of the AMRC said:

“Today’s Spending Review announcements include a welcome increase in funding for research and innovation, and a clear recognition of the importance of building science capability and maintaining the research eco-system in the UK of which medical research charities are a significant and necessary part.

“COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on charity-funded research and the patients it benefits, it puts at risk future jobs and opportunities for a generation of researchers. We fervently hope the Government’s commitment to R&D includes providing financial support to the charity research sector.

“We must have clarity on how this Spending Review will support charities in delivering the life-changing medical research patients urgently need.

“Without knowing whether they will receive support charities are being forced to make irrevocable decisions which will have a major impact on the research they fund. We need to know if and, if so, at what level funding is being made available to the sector so charities can commit to research with confidence.”