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Aid spending cut is a 'hammer blow to British impact'

London, 25 November 2020 – In response to the Government's announcement that the UK will cut its aid spending from 0.7% to 0.5% of GDP, Kevin Watkins, Chief Executive of Save the Children, said:

“Today the Prime Minister and Chancellor have broken a manifesto commitment, broken a promise to the world’s poorest people and broken Britain’s reputation for leadership on the world stage. In the midst of a global pandemic and a climate crisis, and with the UK about to host both the G7 and COP 26, this move is a hammer blow to British impact in international development just when it was most important that we held our resolve. The government has chosen to balance the books on the backs of the world’s poorest people, and I hope it is a choice that MPs will resoundingly reject.”

Save the Children has spokespeople available for interview. Please contact: media@savethechildren.org.uk / 020 7012 6841 / 07831 650409 (24 hrs).