NIS update: December 2020

AWE to be renationalised
In a surprise move the UK government has announced that it will take the Atomic Weapons Establishment back into public ownership. It will become an arms-length body, wholly owned by the Ministry of Defence. Read more.
Aldermaston in ‘special measures’ until at least 2022
The Chief Nuclear Inspector’s Report contained bad news for both AWE sites. The organisation has repeatedly failed to provide adequate safety justification documents to the regulator on time. Read more.
Second safety prosecution of AWE in two years
AWE will be prosecuted for an electrical near miss in June 2019. This follows a prosecution in 2018 over a similar incident for which they were fined £1 million. Read more.
ntroducing the Programme on Nuclear Responsibilities
Chiara Cervasio reports on the launch of the BASIC and CSIS report, summarising the main aims, objectives, and achievements of their Programme on Nuclear Responsibilities. Read more.
£16bn increase won’t fix the MOD’s problems
In November the UK Government announced the largest increase in military spending since the end of the cold war. However, the eye-catching claims in the announcement are a distraction. Comment by David Cullen  Read more.
20th Anniversary Activities
You can hear what David Cullen, Jeremy Corbyn, Kate Hudson, Jonathon Porritt and Olamide Samuel had to say about the future of nuclear weapons and disarmament at our Anniversary Webinar last month, chaired by Henrietta Wilson.

In case you missed it there was a double page interview feature on NIS in Peace News. covering our history and achievements over the past 20 years.

We hope you have also had a chance to visit our rebranded and redesigned website. The website now includes a searchable document library for researchers and campaigners which we hope to expand in the future. All feedback welcome at

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