UK parliamentary revolt against government aid cuts: response from IDS

Published on 3 June 2021

Following announcement and implementation by the UK government of cuts to overseas aid funding, a cross party group of MPs has tabled an amendment with the aim of reversing the decision.

Professor Melissa Leach, Director, Institute of Development Studies, commented:

‘The scale of outrage at the government’s decision to renege on its commitment to overseas aid spending demonstrates the wide-ranging public support for the UK to act for those in need globally. The fact the government has introduced these cuts with minimal consultation and notice has endangered lives and had dramatic effect on the UK’s international standing.

This makes it vital that MPs are taking action to challenge the government’s decision, a revolt that is all the more embarrassing for the UK government as it prepares to host next week’s G7 summit of world leaders.’






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