Mr Osborne: reconsider and meet people’s needs rather than those of the arms industry

Anti-austerity groups are planning to protest on the day George Osborne delivers further budget cuts in his Autumn Statement. CND will join the gathering outside Downing St to protest at ongoing spending on Trident and its replacement.

On 5th December George Osborne will provide an update on the Government’s plans for the economy.

Funding the Trident nuclear weapons system and its replacement comes at the cost of key services and facilities across the economy.

The Ministry of Defence estimates the replacement submarines will cost at least £25 billion and – taken together with the system’s lifetime costs – the total bill could be well over £100 billion.

CND suggests that money could be better spent:

There is a housing shortage in the UK, and the government has identified home building as an economic priority, nonetheless homelessness and overcrowding are getting worse.

£3bn a year – the amount currently spent on nuclear weapons – would pay for around 30,000 new houses every year, creating jobs for around 60,000 people in construction, manufacturing, services and retail.

 Deeside shows one way

PCU adds the reservation that instead of executive housing on greenfield sites the savings be spent on building affordable housing on brownfield sites.



Posted on November 28, 2012, in Conflict of interest, Corporate political nexus, Government, Lobbying, Planning and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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