Government Spending Review
Yesterday the UK government made the biggest cut to public expenditure in recent political history - but what it didn’t do was try and balance the books on the backs of the world's poorest people.
Instead, the UK Government honoured its international commitment and the Coalition’s pledge, by committing to spend 0.7% of the UK's Gross National Income on Overseas Development Aid by 2013 - that amounts to £12 billion. This is a remarkable achievement and particularly impressive in these financial times.
War Child is especially pleased with the news that the Department for International Development will spend almost a third (30%) of its aid in fragile and conflict affected countries. Helping those countries who are furthest behind in efforts to eliminate extreme poverty and who face the greatest barriers to progress.
Following on from this inspiring announcement, War Child will now work to ensure that British aid is spent where it is most needed - and this must include the most marginalised children who are forced to suffer the worst consequences of war.