This site is in beta mode while we add the remaining policies. To feedback or help, please get in touch!
In Progress
Increase the defence budget by at least 0.5 per cent above inflation every year

…and we will increase the defence budget by at least 0.5 per cent above inflation in every year of the new parliament.

Our Verdict

The amount the government spends on defence has varied greatly, often aligning with the conflicts the UK is involved in. For example, defence spending decreased after the Cold War, then rose sharply after the 2001 deployment in Afghanistan. There is pressure on many European countries to keep defence spending at 2% or more of GDP, a commitment of NATO members.

In 2017-18, defence spending in the UK was £36.61 billion, up from the previous year’s £35.3 billion, a real-terms increase of 1.9% when things like inflation are considered. This is well above the government’s 0.5% commitment, and since publishing the manifesto the government has repeated its 0.5% promise, as in this brochure from September 2017.

Because defence spending has increased more than 0.5% between 2016-17 and 2017-18, and because the government has repeated its intention to stick to these yearly rises, we’re confident that this policy is ‘in progress’. We’ll only know for sure that it is ‘done’ when the next election arrives, so stay tuned. Follow this policy for updates.

Increase your fact stack, get the details

There's always room for debate

We’re serious about providing clear, up-to-date, non-partisan information. We focus on being consistent and fair in how we track policies, and always explain our reasoning. But there is always room for debate. So if you see it differently, we’d love you to tell us why or submit an edit.

Get involved!

Whether you are for or against this policy or just want to know more, it's never been easier to get involved and have your say. Try these for starters…

Join the discussion On this page, or Twitter, or Facebook. Democracy is better shared!
Follow this policy We'll send you email alerts every time something interesting happens.
Ask your MP Ask your MP to help you support or block this policy - write to them here.
Get the facts Sense about Science and Full Fact are great for evidence and fact checking.
Get ahead! The Simple Politics newsletter breaks it all down for you - before it happens!
Comments