MPs keep aid promise

13 June 2016

CAFOD is supporting people such as Herit who are affected by the drought in Ethiopia

CAFOD is supporting people such as Herit who are affected by the drought in Ethiopia

CAFOD welcomes the unwavering commitment of parliamentarians to UK overseas aid, as MPs spoke out in support in a special House of Commons debate on 13 June. This show of support is thanks to campaigners across England and Wales for taking action in solidarity with the world’s poorest people.

UK aid saves a life every two minutes. We believe it’s our moral duty as a nation to care for the poorest. That’s why, when the aid budget was under pressure, you were determined not to give up. Thanks to you for contacting MPs of all parties, MPs have stood by their promise.

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Our promise to tackle poverty

This agreement honours the historic commitment of 2015 when MPs enshrined in law a promise made over 40 years ago: to give 0.7% British national income to people living in poverty overseas.

The defence of aid made by MPs from across the political spectrum yesterday has affirmed the UK as a leader for global development. There was a good turnout, with more MPs turning up at the start of the debate than there were seats available. Many MPs referred to their own experience of visiting developing countries, as well as highlighting the impact of climate change on the world’s poorest people and the need to spend aid wisely.

Thank you for keeping up the pressure

“Today we are proud to see the UK government standing by our responsibilities to the world’s poorest communities."

Neil Thorns, CAFOD

Thanks to your years of campaigning on aid, UK aid continues to enable millions of people overseas to feed their families and access clean water. We celebrate this achievement, which means that people in the poorest countries can transform their lives for good.

Several MPs paid tribute to the importance of the churches in speaking out on behalf of the world's poorest people, in particular in relation to Make Poverty History and Jubilee 2000. Read the full text of the debate.

Neil Thorns, Head of Advocacy and Education at CAFOD, said: “Today we are proud to see the UK government standing by our responsibilities to the world’s poorest communities. I’d like to thank all of our supporters who have reminded MPs of our duty to the most vulnerable, and I’d like to commend MPs for their strong cross-party support of life-changing aid.”

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