The 2011 Budget brought good news for UK science with the Chancellor announcing £100 million of capital investment in science1. While widely welcomed by the scientific community, this news is set against a backdrop of the 43% reduction in capital spending at Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) over 4 years as set out under the terms of the Comprehensive Spending Review2, and arrives amid what has been a challenging start to 2011 for the life sciences sector.

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