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A People's Budget for Peace

While the Government has been squandering billions on overseas wars and nuclear weapons, Scotland’s for Peace has asked organisations and individuals to suggest how they think this money should be spent. A wide range of proposals have been received for the People’s Budget for Peace. Amongst those who have submitted ideas are: Article 12 in Scotland, Campaign Against the Arms Trade (Edinburgh), Cardinal Keith Patrick O’Brien, Church & Society Council of the Church of Scotland, Communist Party of Scotland, Educational Institute of Scotland, Iona Community, Jubilee Scotland, Justice & Peace Scotland, Midlothian Trades Council, Oxfam Scotland, Quakers Scotland, Scottish Islamic Council, Scottish Refugee Council, Socialist Labour Party and T&G (Unite).

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While the Government has been squandering billions on overseas wars and nuclear weapons, Scotland’s for Peace has asked organisations and individuals to suggest how they think this money should be spent. A wide range of proposals have been received for the People’s Budget for Peace. Amongst those who have submitted ideas are: Article 12 in Scotland, Campaign Against the Arms Trade (Edinburgh), Cardinal Keith Patrick O’Brien, Church & Society Council of the Church of Scotland, Communist Party of Scotland, Educational Institute of Scotland, Iona Community, Jubilee Scotland, Justice & Peace Scotland, Midlothian Trades Council, Oxfam Scotland, Quakers Scotland, Scottish Islamic Council, Scottish Refugee Council, Socialist Labour Party and T&G (Unite). There were some recurring themes in the responses. Here is a selection of some of the proposals for using the £4 billion that is spent each year on wars and Trident:

  1. Meet our obligations and promises of overseas aid under the Millennium Development Goals Provide support to enable defence workers to move to alternative employment
  2. Cancel debt owed by third world countries
     
  3. Meet the UN High Commission for Refugees current shortfall for providing aid to 12.8 million refugees around the world
  4. Invest in peace processes around the world
  5. Cultivate renewable energy resources so we can become a world leader in tackling climate change
  6. Provide decent affordable housing to address homelessness
  7. Develop technology for life rather than death
  8. Eliminate child poverty in the UK
  9. Provide new teachers, schools and computers for classrooms
  10. Create youth apprenticeships to give our youth hope for the future and to build up skills
  11. End fuel poverty
  12. Subsidise rural post offices.

Unfortunately the People’s Budget for Peace Budget event on 25 October was affected by severe weather. Heavy rain and gale force winds forced us to abandon the rally in George Square. Over a hundred of the participants retreated to a nearby pub. Here they were entertained by the musicians who had been booked and heard short speeches from Bruce Kent and David Hayman.

 

The full list of the Peace Budget responses can be seen on www.scotland4peace.org. This is an ongoing process and further ideas are very welcome. These can either be added on the form on the website, or posted to Scotland’s for Peace, 15 Barrland St, Glasgow, G41 1QH.