Following Chancellor George Osborne's announcements on Aid in today's Autumn Budget, CAFOD's lead Aid Effectiveness Analyst, Dr Amy Pollard discusses the implications for the world's poorest people.
"We welcome the Chancellor’s clear and unequivocal commitment to achieving the 0.7% of gross national income (GNI) aid target from 2013. In difficult economic times, with tough decisions to be made in many areas, the Government should be applauded for maintaining its promises to the poorest people in the world.
We understand why the Chancellor has taken the decision to reduce allocations to the Department for International Development in 2013 as overseas aid spending was set to exceed the 0.7% target, and we accept that this is a natural consequence of the Government’s adherence to that target. As a percentage figure of the UK’s economy, the aid budget inevitably goes up and down as the economy shrinks or grows.
However, this will mean a significant £1.17 billion cut to DfID budgets and plans and it is a further example of how those least responsible for creating this economic crisis are suffering the worst impacts. In managing the impact of this budget reduction, it is critical that DfID continues to prioritise the needs of the poorest people on our planet and we hope that legislation to enshrine this commitment in law will be brought forward soon, as promised by all parties before the last election."