Welsh churches urge Government to abandon spending on weapons

Welsh churches urge Government to abandon spending on weapons

By staff writers
4 Oct 2010

Chapel delegates, representing tens of thousands of Welsh Christians, have called on the UK government to scrap schemes to spend billions of pounds on weapons of war at a time of economic hardship.

At their meeting in Gregynog, Powys over the weekend, The Council of the Union of Welsh Independent Churches called on coalition government leaders to face economic reality and cut back on unnecessary defence expenditure.

It has been revealed that the UK Defence budget is already overspent by £38 billion.

The Council suggested that spending on three specific schemes could not be justified: a £14 billion Military Academy at St Athan, near Barry in the Vale of Glamorgan, the £20-75 billion plan to update Trident and the £900 million scheme to develop pilotless military drones at Aberporth in Ceredigion.

Elenid Jones, Chair of the Union’s Department of Christian Citizenship said: " Even if funds were available to finance these projects, the Union of Welsh Independents would still oppose such devastatingly destructive weapons. In these present difficult days, such expenditure is totally unjustified."

The Council is also asking Congregational churches across Wales to write to their MPs and Assembly members to urge them to oppose spending on these schemes.

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