"The UK spends £39 billion a year on the military and arms, while vital services in health, education, welfare and renewable energy are cut or under threat. "This is the message that campaigners from 39 UK organisations will highlight on Monday 15 April, the Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS).
UK military spending is currently the fourth highest in the world. Campaigners are calling for an immediate shift in government policy and spending priorities, away from military spending and arms trade exports towards public services and sustainable energy.
The key demands include:
- redirect military spending and shift spending to meet social and environmental needs
- no replacement of Trident, the UK’s nuclear weapons system
- end the annual £700 million government subsidy of arms exports and redirect the funds towards renewable energy and energy-saving measures
- develop a clear programme of government action for spending, research and investment to build sustainable, common security at national and international levels.
Anne-Marie O'Reilly of Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT), said: "While our public services face drastic cuts, the government cannot continue to spend more than almost every other country in the world on weapons and war. The UK's military spending each year is enough to stop the cuts to the NHS twice over. Ordinary people know what our priorities are. Now it's time for the government to listen."