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Friday, 13 August 2010

£13 Billion for Afghanistan War but cuts to UK University Budgets

£13 Billion for Afghanistan War, but UK University Budgets to be Cut by 35%

The ConDem regime and its previous Labour clone will have spent more than £13 billion fighting their illegal war in Afghanistan by the end of the year, while, at home, the university education budget will be cut by 35 percent.
The education cuts will see fewer places for British children at universities, a cutback on building new facilities, stagnant infrastructure and more crowded classes.
The war in Afghanistan will, however, still receive top priority, along with increased foreign aid to that nation.
According to an analysis of the cost of the Afghanistan war published last year, the direct military cost of that conflict was in excess of £12 billion.
This money, spent at home, would have paid for 23 new hospitals, 60,000 new teachers or 77,000 new nurses.
Th2 £12 billion figure does not include the nearly £1 billion spent in foreign aid given to Afghanistan to “rebuild” that nation after it was destroyed by the Labour-Tory warmongers in the first place.
In 2009, direct military expenditure on the war had reached £3.49 billion, and this figure is expected to be increased this year. If this is the case, the total cost of the conflict will be well above the £13 billion figure.
Other hidden costs of the war include support for injured troops, veterans and the families of soldiers killed in action. Figures from the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) show an increase in claims from £1.27 million in 2001 to £30.2 million in 2008.
The awards come with further "guaranteed income payments" which will cost a further £100 million.
The original plan of the Department for International Development (DfID) was to spend £969 million in foreign aid to Afghanistan but this figure was recently increased by 40 percent by the Tory minister in charge of that department, Andrew Mitchell.
Meanwhile, at home, the cost of obtaining a university education is set to increase by over a third. The ConDem regime has told education authorities to prepare for budget cuts of 35 percent which means that the cash per student subsidy will be cut from £5,441 a year to £3,537.
According to a report, university authorities have said they will be “forced to scrap courses, crowd more students into lecture theatres and neglect facilities such as libraries and computer suites.”