Report: SAS units under threat by new defence cuts

The SAS and other special forces units are under threat from a new round of Coalition defence cuts, reports The Telegraph.

The budget of the Ministry of Defence is to be cut. Credit: Press Assocation

The newspaper says senior commanders fear the quality of Britain’s world-class special forces could be undermined if defence spending is cut again in 2015.

The potential threat has been discussed in Whitehall as the Ministry of Defence tries to fight off Treasury demands for more budget cuts, it is reported.

In last year’s Autumn Statement, George Osborne announced plans to cut an extra £700?million from the defence budget by April 2015, on top of deep cuts announced in 2010.