On 25 November 2020, Rishi Sunak announced plans to cut the UK aid budget from 0.7% to 0.5% of gross national income for an indefinite period. Read our response.
In July 2021, MPs voted (by a margin of 35) to approve the cuts alongside a new formula deciding when to return to 0.7%. Unfortunately the conditions for this have only been met once in twenty years, meaning that the vote amounts to a near-permanent cut in the aid budget to 0.5%.
These cuts, along with the abolition of the Department for International Development in September 2020, are part of a double attack on aid. The government is trying to reduce the aid budget on the one hand, while hijacking what's left to support British economic interests. This is taking us back to the ‘bad old days’ when aid was tied to contracts with British companies.
We need to stand up to this hijacking of the aid budget, every step of the way. Sign the petition today.