The Tories have slashed the UK’s International Aid Budget. They have abandoned the 0.7% target in this parliament.
Here’s some of the implications of this...
- Unicef funding for children will be cut by around 60% from the UK.
- The UN Family Planning Agency will lose around £130 million.
- The UK has terminated a three year grant agreement with Women for Women International in Nigeria.
- The International Rescue Committee has said up to 70% of its funding will be cut.
The UK has a proud history of leading the world in foreign aid and international development, this decision to cut funding wrecks our reputation. These cuts will make us all less safe, and they are not in our national interest.
The UK can afford to spend 0.7% of gross national income on International Aid, both when our economy is doing well, and when we are doing less well. Our commitment to spend 0.7% of GNI on aid is a percentage.
In the recent budget Rushi Sunak said international aid may be increased 2023/24 if the economy is doing well - but with so many Tory broken promises there is little confidence.
Liberal Democrats will campaign for 0.7% of gross national income on International Aid, which we enshrined in law, to be reinstated. We will work to prevent the UK from hiding from its responsibilities during a global pandemic and restore the UK’s global reputation.