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Targeting the science budget for cuts would be an ‘odd choice’, says Osborne

Welfare spending is more likely to bear the brunt of the UK government's funding cuts than education or science, Chancellor George Osborne has said. But science supporters continue to call for protection of the science budget.

“When you think about the competition this factory faces from around the globe, and the kind of world your children are going to grow up in, wouldn’t it make more sense that your government was spending your money on things like schools and science and a better NHS than more welfare?” Osborne said while speaking at the offices of Sertec Group, an automotive manufacturer in Birmingham.

In an interview with the BBC’s Today Programme ahead of the speech on 6 January, he said: "I think it would be an odd choice as a country to say ‘look we’ve got a high deficit and we’re going to deal with that by just cutting the schools budget or the science budget or something like that’." He added that some £25 billion in spending cuts will have to be made after the next election.

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