In light of cuts to welfare in George Osborne’s 2016 budget, anti-nuclear campaigns have reissued their demand for the government to cancel plans to replace Trident, the UK’s nuclear weapons system.

Kate Hudson, CND general secretary, said:

“This budget is a total disaster for some of the most vulnerable people in the UK. The government has announced cuts to welfare for disabled people, cuts to pensions for nurses and teachers, and cuts to local government. Yet it remains committed to replacing Trident at a cost of over £100 billion.”

“It is time for a major rethink. We call on the government to cancel Trident replacement and invest the money instead in things that are useful for our society. Trident makes us less safe, and as this budget shows, directs resources away from things we desperately need.”