Putting aside political contentions opposing the cut, such as reducing British influence across the globe, which Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood, chairman of the Commons defence select committee, said will "allow China and Russia to take advantage" by moving quickly to fill the "vacuum", it also means that less support will be going to those who need it most. It is estimated that the reduction in the aid budget could cost over 100,000 lives, as people lose out on life-saving support.
What’s more, Dominic Raab has stated that he intends to focus on countries where there is greatest alignment between the UK’s development, security and economic interests. This could mean what aid remains is not spent as well as it could be, on helping the world’s poorest people build a better life out of extreme poverty.
In light of the announcement of cuts to the UK's Official Development Assistance (ODA), Danny Harvey, Executive Director of Concern Worldwide (UK), said: