Cameron's Armed Forces vow

The PM has said difficult decisions have had to be made on the defence budget after the head of the Army warned about any further cuts. Six more government departments have agreed to budget cuts as the Treasury seeks to find £11.5bn worth of savings

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Army chief's fears over more cuts

A warning from Chief of the General Staff General Sir Peter Wall over the risk of spending cuts comes with the MOD under pressure to deliver its share of £11.5 billion in savings across Government.

Defence has some protection in the 2015/16 review, to be unveiled on June 26. It will be guaranteed a 1% increase in equipment budgets from 2015.

But Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has still been asked to find a 5% cut in other spending.

  • 2010 budget cuts mean the Army is already being reduced from 102,000 to 82,000.
  • 2,860 personnel across all three services were made redundant in September 2011.
  • A further 3,760 went in a second tranche last June.

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