Ben Wallace and Rishi Sunak smiling on an Ajax vehicle 170720 CREDIT MOD
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace sounded the alarm to Rishi Sunak over a real-terms cut in security spending (Picture: MOD).
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Chancellor accused of ignoring MOD warning over missing NATO spending commitment

The Defence Secretary was said to have warned Rishi Sunak the UK would not meet NATO's 2% spending commitment.

Ben Wallace and Rishi Sunak smiling on an Ajax vehicle 170720 CREDIT MOD
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace sounded the alarm to Rishi Sunak over a real-terms cut in security spending (Picture: MOD).

Chancellor Rishi Sunak allegedly ignored a Ministry of Defence (MOD) warning that the UK could fail to meet its NATO spending commitments by 2025.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace sounded the alarm over a real-terms cut in security spending in a letter to the Chancellor ahead of March's spring statement, The Sun reported.

Mr Wallace was said to have warned Mr Sunak that Britain would not meet the 2% spending commitment because of rising inflation and the move to arm Ukraine's battle against Russia.

The Chancellor did not increase defence spending in his statement and the Treasury did not deny that he failed to respond to his Cabinet colleague's letter.

A Treasury spokeswoman said: "This Government has provided the largest increase in defence spending since the Cold War, increasing the defence budget by £24bn.

"This was an exceptional uplift in defence spending and the decision to prioritise taxpayers' money on our security was the right one."

Forces News has asked the MOD for a statement.