UK defence spending was further squeezed in the 2013 Budget announcement. It is likely to face additional cuts for 2015/16 in the 2015 Spending Review. The defence budget for subsequent years may depend on how the 2015 Spending Review shares the burden of future austerity between expenditure cuts and tax rises.
If the government’s plans to increase the British Army’s reliance on reservists are to be a success, the concerns of a number of parties – as well as society’s relationship with defence – need to be addressed. (Free access)