TaxPayers' Alliance report on UK Aid 'misses the point'

18 March 2019

Money from CAFOD supporters and UK Aid helped people like Martin's family in Myanmar to recover from a cyclone

Money from CAFOD supporters and UK Aid helped people like Martin's family in Myanmar to recover from a cyclone

In response to the TaxPayers’ Alliance report, First aid: fixing international development, CAFOD Director Christine Allen said:   

“The TaxPayers’ Alliance report misses the point of the UK’s aid budget and shows they don’t understand development. Development is not always straightforward in a world of increasingly complex global issues like climate change, migration and tax avoidance, but with 700 million people still living in extreme poverty, now is not the time to weaken our solidarity with the world’s poorest people.   

“The UK public is rightly proud of our international aid record, which is respected for its focus on the poorest countries and for high standards of accountability. Those politicians seeking to use the aid budget solely for British interests, rather than tackling poverty, should understand that our focus on the world’s poorest people gives us standing in the world but also that it’s the right thing to do. The aid budget should not be used to play politics and ambitious politicians would do well to remember that.” 

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