Following this update from FCDO on UK aid cuts, Save the Children has issued the following statement:
Kevin Watkins, Save the Children CEO, said:
"UK aid for humanitarian responses has been cut by almost half since before the pandemic and girls' education, despite being a stated priority of the Prime Minister, has been cut by a quarter.
“When every other G7 nation is stepping up in the face of a global pandemic and increasing their support for the poorest and most vulnerable people, the UK is alone in choosing to step back, even as it prepares to host the G7 Summit.
“These cuts will trim UK borrowing by a fraction, but devastate lives across many of the world’s poorest countries. At a time when the UK should be leading the international community in responding to the climate crisis ahead of the climate summit, it is slashing aid to communities on the front line of that crisis. The UK’s hard-won reputation for international leadership in aid is in tatters.”
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