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0.7% aid announcement in Queen’s Speech disappointing

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Melanie Ward, Head of Public Affairs at ActionAid said:

"The Government deserves real credit for protecting the aid budget but it is extremely disappointing that their promise to enshrine the 0.7% commitment in law did not appear in the Queen’s Speech."

"The Government deserves real credit for protecting the aid budget but it is extremely disappointing that their promise to enshrine the 0.7% commitment in law did not appear in the Queen’s Speech. This is a promise from the Coalition Agreement and which was in the manifesto of each of the main parties. We expect the Coalition Government to keep its promises.

"Legislation matters because aid needs to be around long enough to do the job. Many countries such as Ghana are now moving towards an end to dependency on aid but this can only happen if we support them until that point. Legislation would provide the certainty that is needed for aid to be most effective.

"The world is watching the Prime Minister's actions on international development because as has been widely reported he is co-chairing a UN taskforce to decide what will happen when the Millennium Development Goals expire in 2015. The Government backing down on its commitment to legislate on aid would delight those who oppose the UK's progressive stance on aid and dismay those who believe that Britain must stick to its word."