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How the church has reacted to government cutting aid budget

The government has attracted criticism after announcing it will reduce its foreign aid budget from 0.7 per cent to 0.5 per cent in 2021. 

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said the intention is to return to 0.7 per cent “when the fiscal situation allows.” The statement came among several announcements set to reduce spending for 2021. 

But for some church leaders, politicians and other public figures, the reduction was unnecessary. Many have taken to Twitter to express their opinion. 

Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby said the decision is "shameful and wrong."

The Head of the Evangelical Alliance in Northern Island said it was "very disappointing."

Baroness Liz Sugg has resigned from her position as the Minister for Overseas Territories and Sustainable Development at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office as a result of today´s decision. 

And former Prime Minister David Cameron said: "We share this planet with millions who are starving, with mothers who die needlessly in childbirth... the questions are: do we care, do we act, do we lead? The promise of 0.7 meant that we - Global Britain - answered 'yes' to all three."

The reduction in the aid budget will likely require a vote in the Commons and there is no assurance the government will win.

 

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