End Scottish Government Funding for Arms Companies!
Since 2021, the Scottish Government's funding body, Scottish Enterprise, has provided over £8 million in public grants to multi-billion pound arms companies that profit from conflict and repression worldwide despite budgets being slashed across crucial public services in Scotland and thousands of people living through a cost-of-living crisis.
The Scottish Government claim to champion human rights and peace yet continues to line the pockets of the shareholders of Leonardo, Raytheon and Chemring with funding from the public purse. These companies do not align with the values of the Scottish Parliament or the people they represent; the majority of Scots do not support the Trident nuclear programme, run by arms companies like BAE Systems and Babcock, who have received nearly £2 million, nor do they support the conflicts in Palestine or Yemen, where these companies make billions from fuelling war and suffering.
The policies and priorities of Scottish Enterprise and its partner bodies, including Highlands and Islands Enterprise, are in desperate need of an extensive review as their so-called 'Human Rights Due Diligence' checks are clearly not fit for purpose, with every single arms company receiving funding from the Scottish Government also profiting from and exporting arms to countries on the FCO's Human Rights Priority list.
Have your say no, write to the new Minister for Small Business, Trade and Innovation, Richard Lochhead, and demand that not a penny more from the taxpayer is award to companies like these and that Scottish Enterprise implement actual accountability measures and a new, functional Human Rights Due Diligence checklist.