This week in Parliament I again spoke out against the Government’s cuts to overseas aid, which will reduce our contribution from 0.7% of GDP to 0.5%.
These cuts – of £5bn since 2019 – have affected a huge number of vital programmes, including poverty reduction, family planning, water and sanitation, education and vaccination programmes. Vulnerable people living in extreme poverty in less developed countries will suffer, and in some cases, die, as a result of our withdrawal of support.
I also spoke about cuts in funding for UK charities working on sustainable agriculture and environmental projects in Africa, which sends out completely the wrong signals ahead of the COP26 climate conference.
We are the only country in the G7 to have cut aid spending, at a time when the global pandemic mean that the need for our support in the developing world is greater than ever. Labour will continue to fight these cuts all the way.