The other prong is the bigger problem in many ways. STFC finds itself £80 million short and though it is not clear exactly why that is the case (apart from the government funding more medical research - something the STFC CEO "cannot argue with") we are left with a hole in the budget. To illustrate the problem here is a plot of the budget post CSR:
Interestingly, I had a reply from Ian Pearson MP to a letter I sent regarding the way money was being spent (with regard to comments about Haldane). It was the stock reply letter that so many of us are so familiar with these days; however there was a hand written note at the bottom that said the minister was talking to DIUS and officials and STFC over how decisions are made. Perhaps I am naive but it made me feel that messages are getting through.