ActionAid says that a guaranteed aid budget is vital to provide effective international development.
‘It’s incredibly important that the government is committed to spending on development, however the Coalition Agreement contains a promise to enshrine the aid budget of 0.7 per cent of national income in law. By leaving this out of the Queen’s Speech today the Coalition Government appears to have broken that promise.
The aid budget is a tiny proportion of Britain¹s national income. Having it enshrined in law would provide poor countries with the certainty they need to plan their development and deliver the best value for money from UK aid. A constant debate about volumes of aid is not in the interests of either donor or recipient nations and the Government should have recognised this,’ said ActionAid’s Head of Advocacy Melanie Ward.