The overseas aid budget cuts explained
On 25 November 2020, in his one-year spending review, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak announced cuts to the overseas aid budget, ending the Tory commitment to spend 0.7% of gross national income on aid.
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The UK government has announced its plans for cutting the overseas aid commitment from 0.7 to 0.5% of Gross National Income. Responding, Danny Harvey, Executive Director of Concern Worldwide (UK) said:
"These severe cuts come at a time when UK aid is needed more than ever. The world is at the brink of multiple famines in the midst of the worst health crisis in recent history, while millions in fragile countries are grappling with hunger, conflict and the devastating effects of climate change. It is unbelievable that the government is turning its back on those most in need while claiming to be a leader in international development. Cuts at this scale will unravel decades of progress and have a profound impact for people living in the world’s poorest places."
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