Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

THE COST OF DEFENCE; Two-Thirds of Britain's Spending on Military Operations Goes towards Fighting Isis

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

THE COST OF DEFENCE; Two-Thirds of Britain's Spending on Military Operations Goes towards Fighting Isis

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Byline: ALICE CACHIA

THE UK government has slashed its spending on defence by more than a fifth in six years.

Official figures from the Ministry of Defence reveal that in 2016/17, the defence budget dropped to PS35.3bn.

That's a 21 per cent decrease from the PS44.9bn spent on defence in 2009/10.

It is also down PS600 million on the figure spent in 2015/16.

The UK's defence budget is the amount of money given by the government to raising and maintaining the armed forces and the security of the country.

It can be spent on various aspects of defence.

The amount spent specifically on military operations was PS666 million in 2016/17.

That compares to PS4.2bn in 2009/10 - a figure that was inflated by the UK's involvement in the conflict in Afghanistan.

Of the PS666 million spent on military operations in 2016/17, nearly two-thirds - PS432 million - went on Counter-Isis for 65 per military 2016/ anti-Isis operations.

That is nearly double the PS217 million spent on anti-Isis operations in 2015/16.

The UK is part of a global coalition of 74 countries using military action against the terror group.

British taxpayers' money is spent preventing foreign terrorist fighters crossing borders, supporting stabilisation in areas liberated from Isis and providing military support to local forces. …

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