Because of the pandemic, the government was obliged to slash its international aid budget.
CUTTING the UK’s foreign aid budget is a difficult decision, but it is the “correct choice,” according to a senior minister.
The government was forced to cut funding on foreign development because the pandemic damaged the economy, according to Steve Barclay. As outraged MPs criticized Boris Johnson’s £4 billion cut as “unethical,” the Treasury Minister spoke out.
Mr Barclay stressed, however, that the reduction in aid spending from 0.7 percent to 0.5 percent of national revenue – equivalent to £14 billion to £10 billion – would be temporary until the UK recovered its economic strength.
“We are extremely clear about our aspirations to return to 0.7 percent of our national income on international aid when the economic situation allows, but we are unable to do so at this time,” he told the Commons. For the time being, the difficult option is the best option.”
Theresa May, the former prime minister, asked Mr Johnson to reverse course in order to save lives.
“This drop from 0.7 percent will have a disastrous impact on the world’s poorest people, and it will harm the UK,” she said.
Conservative MPs have accused Prime Minister David Cameron of slashing aid to appease supporters in “Red Wall” seats.
Previous chief whip Andrew Mitchell said the move was part of a larger effort to appeal to former Labour strongholds known as the “woke wars.”
“It’s not proper and it’s essentially un-British, and we shouldn’t act like this,” he continued.
Stopping British aid is popular in RedWall seats, according to the government.
“It’s also a patronizing attitude toward residents of the Red Wall seats.”