Should the UK cut back on the amount of money it spends on overseas aid?

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27th November 2020

THE Government is planning to pass new laws to reduce its overseas aid budget – the money it gives to help some of the poorest countries in the world.

The money goes towards things like humanitarian aid, crisis relief, vaccinating children, helping kids go to school and providing food.

The Government wants to cut the aid from 0.7% of UK national income to 0.5%, or about £4 billion. This would mean a change in the law.

The plan has been criticised by MPs, church leaders and almost 200 charities, who fear the change will be permanent rather than temporary, as was previously suggested.

Government ministers say that the coronavirus pandemic has made the UK economy weaker, so it must cut spending to save money.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said: “Helping the world’s poorest is one of the great moral and ethical achievements of our country.”

Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who gives millions to charity, warns against cutting foreign aid. He said: “COVID-19 doesn’t respect country borders. This is a moment when what’s good for the world – and what’s good for the UK – are exactly the same thing.”

Should the UK cut back on the amount of money it spends on overseas aid?

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ivansp2011 · 10 months ago

I think so as we already have problems such as covid

ivansp2011 · 10 months ago

We don't need to waste a lot of money

bourbons25 · 10 months ago

I think we shouldn't cut the overseas aid money because it helps some of the poorest countries to survive and I think it is more important than ever during coronavirus as it might help prevent the disease in other places around the world.

ninjahorse · 9 months ago

I think both - people need help, but we're spending a fair bit of money. Plus, others can go over - it shouldn't always be us, and, it could have been the way COVID-19 was brought over. But, then again, people need help.

stargrl · 8 months ago

Good point ninjahorse.

news54321 · 8 months ago

It depends on what the money would be otherwise spent on. The majority of the UK's current budget is totally unnecessary seeing as there are people starving to death in other countries. As one of the largest economies in the world, it is our responsibility to help the poor and to ensure that all other countries have a fair chance in helping humanity succeed.

mwhitty · 2 weeks ago

It’s so bad for the environment so yesssssss!