The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament has condemned the "unbridled expenditure" on Britain's Trident nuclear weapons system.
The statement comes as the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announces a £1 billion contract with Rolls Royce to include the building of nuclear reactors for the next generation of nuclear armed submarines.
Kate Hudson, CND General Secretary stated:
"It is no surprise that the public are incredulous when they are told that Britain doesn't have any money. The Ministry of Defence keeps finding further billions to pile into a Cold War nuclear weapons system which a majority of people are opposed to."
"When local services are being slashed, this really shows the government's skewed priorities. Just recently the MoD announced another £350m spending on designs for the as-yet-unauthorised next generation of nuclear armed submarines. Now they're spending vast amounts on the reactors for them."
She concluded: "This kind of unbridled expenditure shows the need for greater Parliamentary scrutiny of, and public opposition to, the wild commitment to an economically disastrous and strategically moribund nuclear weapons system."