The new Chancellor of the Exchequer, Jeremy Hunt, has reaffirmed the Government's commitment to Defence spending and has pledged not to cut funding for our Armed Forces, but disappointingly he has stopped short of increasing the Defence budget. By only maintaining the budget at its current level, and not being willing to move beyond the Nato-stipulated figure (2% of GDP), in effect this means continued reductions to the resourcing of our military, due to the combination of price inflation (higher in Defence than any other area of Government spending) and the shrinking of the UK economy as we go into recession. With growing threats from Russia, China, Iran and other rogue states, it is high time Rishi Sunak's Government recognised the need to ramp up Defence spending, committing to expenditure of at least 3% of GDP on the Armed Forces by 2025 at the latest, not waiting till 2030.
Andrew Smith, Director, Defence UK
22nd November 2022
Admiral of the Fleet Lord Boyce
We are sad to announce the death of Admiral of the Fleet Lord Boyce, former Chief of the Defence Staff, Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, and a founding Patron of the UK National Defence Association, forerunner of Defence UK. Lord Boyce was a staunch supporter of our association in its early days and provided invaluable advice and wise counsel to our directors. An obituary of Lord Boyce has been published by The Times.
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