West Midlands missing out on vital science funding

Steve McCabe MP has revealed that since 2013 only 9% of specialist science research and innovation funding has been spent in the West Midlands, compared to a whopping 46% in London.

Speaking in the House of Commons during the debate on the Science budgets for Estimates Day, Steve wanted to know why the West Midlands receives such little funding for science research and innovation.  Official figures obtained from the House of Commons Library show that Catapult only spent 9% of its funding in the West Midlands, compared to 46% in London and 22% in the South East.

Catapult was established in May 2013 by Innovate UK to support a network of centres to accelerate the take-up of emerging technologies and drive economic growth.

Steve McCabe MP said:

“It is shocking that the West Midlands receives so little science funding to support research and innovation from this Government. New technologies are the future for our economy and jobs and funding should be properly distributed around the country so we can all benefit.

“We have some fantastic work already going on in South Birmingham, like the Life Sciences Park coming to Selly Oak, the Centre for Defence Medicine at the new QE Hospital, the excellent University of Birmingham and the Global Centre of Excellence for Chocolate Research & Developmentat Cadbury’s in Bournville – but we need more funding to encourage emerging technologies and train our young people so they are ready to take these high skilled jobs.”

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