Richard Poynder, 23 May 2013, in his blog writes:
The new Open Access (OA) policy introduced this year by Research Councils UK (RCUK) — in response to last year’s Finch Report — has been very controversial, particularly its exhortation to researchers to “prefer” Gold over Green Open Access
When it was first announced there was an outcry from UK universities over the cost implications of the new policy. In response, on 7th September last year the UK Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts made an additional £10 million available to 30 research intensive universities to help pay OA transition costs.
Read the complete blog piece here: http://poynder.blogspot.com/2013/05/the-uks-open-access-policy-controversy.html