Taxpayers foot the bill as government spends £ 3million on research into pregnant men’s issues
Taxpayers foot the bill as government spends nearly Â£ 3million on controversial research into the problems of … pregnant men
- UK Research and Innovation quango is funded by the Department for Business
- Leeds University ‘Pregnant Men’ project received Â£ 668,228 in taxpayer money
- Critics say funds are wasted on awake programs
The government has spent more than Â£ 3million on controversial transgender research, including projects tracing the experiences of pregnant men and the plight of trans people in Lebanon.
A total of 13 such programs, some lasting up to four years, were discovered during an analysis by The Mail on Sunday.
They are funded by the UK Research and Innovation quango, which is funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to support academic research.
CAN YOU DESIGN IT? The model poses as a pregnant man
But critics say the money is wasted on awake programs.
Taxpayer-funded projects, which often have names filled with jargon, include:
- A four-year project led by the University of Leeds titled Pregnant Men: An International Exploration Of Trans Male Experiences And Practices Of Reproduction, which received Â£ 668,224 in taxpayer money;
- An Â£ 80,000 University of Exeter study titled Transgender Citizenship In Lebanon and captioned Navigating Socio-Legal And Medical Constructions Of Gender In Lebanon’s Judicial Order and Healthcare System â;
- A King’s College London project called Reforming Legal Gender Identity: A Socio-Legal Evaluation, which received Â£ 579,000 in government money over four years to look at issues such as birth certificates allowing more than two gender options or letting people choose their legal gender;
- Romantic transgender relationships at the University of Nottingham, for around Â£ 80,000.
The projects date back to 2007 but some of them have continued in recent years.
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Kwasi Kwarteng visits the department’s control room in September this year
John O’Connell, Managing Director of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: âTaxpayers expect money to go to groundbreaking projects and innovative technologies, but not to be wasted on research. fair.
“The current system rightly reviews projects throughout the application process, but lacks effective metrics to judge value for money on those that have already been funded.”
UK Research and Innovation said the process for obtaining funding was very competitive.
A spokesperson added: âThe decision to fund these research projects on transgender issues and issues was made through a rigorous peer review process based on excellence by knowledgeable independent experts from academia and enterprises.”