25 reasons to be #ProudOfAid

25 reasons to be #ProudOfAid

Aid is under attack. A national newspaper has launched a petition calling on the government to scrap our aid budget, which is just 0.7% of our national income. For that bargain price, we’re changing lives through education, better healthcare, and by empowering women and girls.

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We asked ONE members across the UK for their thoughts on the matter. Their response was incredible. Here are just a few highlights:

  1. I am a huge supporter of overseas aid of 0.7% and proud of the Government record on this. Kathy in Witney
  2. I am horrified that we should be considering reducing our overseas aid at a time when so many people are in desperate need around the world. We give such a small percentage of what we have to help those in most desperate need. Anna in Oswestry
  3. Britain has a long and proud history of helping people in need. It would be shameful to start ignoring them and selfishly concentrate only on ourselves. Shirley in Newton Stewart
  4. UK Aid saves a life every 2 minutes. I for one, and lots of other people I love and know, feel the same and are more than happy for our taxes to be used this way. Gary in Old Warden
  5. I am very much in favour of UK aid and our moral and humanitarian obligation to help support the world’s poorest nations. Alan in Chelmsford
  6. How could I hold my head up if we cut aid? With all the suffering in the world today – especially by women and children – and we are fed and at least reasonably comfortable and safe, the least we can do is try to help. Joan in Nottingham
  7. PLEASE keep the AID budget running: it is only 0.7% of this country’s national budget and that relatively small amount produces so much good in countries which are in need.  Great Britain should lead the way.   Sylviane in Chelmsford
  8. Given known poverty in Africa and the relative wealth of the UK it is appropriate for the aid budget to be maintained. A way of reducing migration from African countries is to contribute to creating wealth opportunities. Gordon in Bristol
  9. If some of it is not working well by all means try to make it better .. but don’t scrap it. That’s an easy route not a right one. Ken in Ovington
  10. I want to show support for the UK overseas aid programme. I believe that as a rich country with an overall high standard of living we have an obligation to help people in other parts of the world who do not have even basic needs met. Karen in Seaford
  11. Please convey to Parliament my view that to cut the aid budget would be one of the worst false economies the UK government could commit. Sheila in Ibworth
  12. We are horrified to hear that a national newspaper has started a petition to scrap our aid budget.   What we give is very little, but can achieve so much. Ian and Sandie in Downley
  13. Please maintain the government’s commitment to an aid budget of 0.7% of GNP. Well targeted aid has had many successes and has saved or improved the lives of millions.  Please do not give in to the selfishness and poor economic judgment of those who oppose. Ian in Kirkwall
  14. We should be spending more than 0.7% of our national income on helping the people who are in dire need of education, disease prevention, food and healthcare, not threatening to withdraw it. Jackie in Peebles
  15. As a former development worker I have seen first hand the positive impact not only for the individuals involved but also the positive image it provides of the UK and ultimately this is something that cannot be bought. Mark in Bridge
  16. There are many historical things that this country cannot be proud of. However maintaining our aid in a time of austerity is something that truly makes me proud to be British. Jill in Biggleswade
  17. The 0.7% we contribute to the aid budget is miniscule. We should be proud of this contribution to the work undertaken in underdeveloped overseas countries. Why not a petition to increase the budget? John in Cardiff
  18. I am proud to live in a country that has a heart…..and can extend care to those who are vulnerable wherever they might be.  Carol in Ripon
  19. Don’t stop aid to other countries. By helping others we help ourselves to a better fairer more peaceful world to live in. The benefits are much bigger than the tiny amount we give. Lou in Leeds
  20. The mark of civilisation lies in our ability to care for those who have difficulties they cannot solve alone. I cannot believe that a national newspaper has called for an end to aid – such a lack of compassion and selfishness is not part of the British character and should be strongly opposed. Lynne in Stone
  21. We can afford this. We need to. We want to. Don’t let short term interests totally dictate our policies. We are one world. We all benefit from a safer, healthier world. Beverley in Newcastle
  22. I wholly support the achievement of this government to reach 0.7% as overseas aid.   It is something to be proud of and acts as a standard to which other governments may aspire. Lynne in Leeming
  23. One of the best things about our nation is that we care about people everywhere and show it by putting our money where our mouth is. Debra in Wigginton
  24. For a very small percentage of our national income we are changing lives through education, better healthcare, and by empowering women and girls. Please keep Britain great – great hearted! Joya in London
  25. Aid is vital to help all in so much need around the world, and to be a good member of the global community. It is vital we keep the spending commitment, and indeed INCREASE IT where possible. Martin in Bournemouth

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