Justine Greening, the recently-appointed Secretary of State for International Development, and Chancellor George Osborne have both reaffirmed the UK government’s commitment to invest 0.7% of national income in aid from next year.
Greening said that “delivering on our promise of 0.7% is the right thing to do”, and that a “strong focus on international development is also the smart thing for Britain to do”. This followed Osborne’s confirmation to MPs that the government “will deliver the 0.7% aid commitment that all parties signed up to”.
It is excellent that, a week after being appointed to her post, Greening has publicly committed to carrying forward the life-saving work of the Department for International Development. Thanks to the government standing firm in its promise, UK aid will put over 15 million children in school, provide over 80 million children with vaccines against life-threatening diseases and ensure better nutrition for more than 9 million people over the next four years.
We now look forward to the Government delivering its promise of enshrining this aid commitment in law.
Earlier this year we asked people in the UK how much they thought the government spent on aid. Watch the video:
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