Sunak cuts £2bn from R&D budget but will fund Cummings science agency

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Chancellor Rishi Sunak has delayed £2bn in annual spending on research and development (R&D), even as he committed to funding a new advanced research body that was the idea of ex-No 10 adviser Dominic Cummings.

The government will spend £20bn a year on R&D investment in the 2024-25 tax year, down from a previous commitment of £22bn, Sunak said in the autumn budget on Wednesday. The £22bn target will be hit two years later than previously planned, in 2026-27.

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