Ahead of the Autumn Statement, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, and MPs from Parliamentary CND, launched the People not Trident report in Parliament this morning.

The report shows how the Chancellor could save £205 billion by scrapping Trident, which could instead be invested in jobs, the NHS, homes, education and climate change.

Kate Hudson, CND general secretary, said:

“We expect the Chancellor will announce further cuts today that will hit the poorest in society. Yet over the last few months the government has lauded Trident spending as a sign of the economy’s vitality.

“It’s clear that something has gone very wrong. Are we saying as a society that we can’t afford a safety net for the poor or those on low incomes, but we can afford £205 billion on a militarily useless weapon of mass destruction?

“Our report sets out how the new Chancellor can right the wrong that is being done. It contains an alternative set of spending proposals that can address the real problems our society now faces. Whether that’s creating new jobs, investment in the NHS, building homes or the creation of education opportunities that young people deserve.”