World Vision UK responds to possible cuts to the aid budget
Reports suggest that Prime Minister Boris Johnson is considering a temporary cut to Britain’s aid spending, with plans to reduce the proportion of Britain’s gross national income spent on aid from 0.7 per cent to 0.5 per cent.
The UK is at risk of missing its opportunity to be a truly outward-focussed, internationalist country. Coronavirus has brought significant challenges to the UK’s economy, but cutting the aid budget – which will be devastating for the world’s poorest and most vulnerable – is not the solution.
UK Aid has saved countless lives, helped to eradicate the polio virus, lifted families out of poverty and educated millions of children. It has made the world fairer and safer for us all.
The Government's commitment to the 0.7% aid budget in its manifesto is less than one year old. If it were to reduce this budget, we would be turning our back on the world’s poor at a time when global solidarity is more important than ever. The most vulnerable would pay the price.
- Mark Sheard, CEO of World Vision UK