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Medical charities produce autumn budget wish list

The Association of Medical Research Charities has called on the Treasury to increase the Charity Research Support Fund and introduce R&D tax credits for its member organisations in the autumn budget.

In its submission to a Treasury consultation ahead of the government’s autumn budget on 22 November, the AMRC asked for a real-terms increase in the Charity Research Support Fund, which helps universities to pay the indirect costs involved in charity-funded research.

The AMRC said it would like the fund to be increased from £198 million a year—its size since 2010—to £264m a year until 2021. According to the association’s submission, released on 26 September, the fund has suffered from a real-terms fall of £33.6m over the past seven years.

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