U.K. Considering Temporary Reduction In Foreign Aid Spending, From 0.7% To 0.5% Of GNI

The Guardian: U.K. aid budget facing billions in cuts
“The Treasury is planning to slash billions from the overseas aid budget despite the foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, praising the government’s 0.7% aid target on Monday as representing U.K. values in front of aides to Joe Biden. The Treasury wants to cut the aid budget from 0.7% of gross national income to 0.5% next year and plans to make the announcement as part of next Monday’s one-year spending review…” (Wintour, 11/17).

The Times: Andrew Mitchell condemns plan to cut foreign aid
“Boris Johnson will diminish Britain’s role on the world stage if he cuts foreign aid budget as part of an attempt to help repair the nation’s coronavirus-ravaged finances, Conservative MPs have warned. Andrew Mitchell, a former international development secretary, said that the government’s plans to reduce the 0.7 target to 0.5 percent on a temporary basis were extraordinary…” (Elliott et al., 11/7).

Additional coverage of the plan to cut the foreign aid budget is available from Reuters and The Telegraph.

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