Philanthropists including Bill and Melinda Gates pledge £ 100million to cover part of cut in UK foreign aid – .

Philanthropists including Bill and Melinda Gates pledge £ 100million to cover part of cut in UK foreign aid – .

The government is under increasing pressure to reverse its multibillion-pound cut in foreign aid, after a group of very wealthy charities and philanthropists pledged to bridge the gap with emergency funds.
Criticism of the government cut, which amounts to a shortfall of £ 4 billion a year, came from Labor and the Archbishop of Canterbury.

It comes after a report revealed that the consortium of charities, which includes the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will today pledge more than £ 100million in a one-year plan to partially replace the cuts.

The donation from charities – including the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, the ELMA Foundation and the Open Society Foundations – aims to target projects that fight preventable diseases and offer family planning, according to Le Sunday Times.

The United Nations family planning agency (UNFPA) is set to lose around 85 percent of its UK funding, a reduction of around £ 130million.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government announced in November last year a reduction in foreign aid from 0.7% of national income – which is enshrined in law – to 0.5%.

The government said the financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic had forced ministers to make “difficult but necessary decisions.”

As a group of around 50 Tory MPs, including Mr Johnson’s predecessor Theresa May, continue to demand a parliamentary vote on the government’s decision to cut the foreign aid budget.

Emergency funding for charities was praised by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, who said it was “desperately needed” but called on the government to restore its commitment to devote 0.7% of the national income to foreign aid.

Labor Party International Development Secretary Preet Kaur Gill said the decision by philanthropists to step in had embarrassed the UK.

“This is a shameful moment for this Conservative government,” Ms. Gill said in a statement.

“As low-income countries continue to fight the pandemic, this contribution to try to bridge part of the gap left by the government’s cuts in paid programs to save lives is welcome, but it will not prevent the worse damage done. .

“The government’s decision to cut the aid budget, against Parliament’s will, has already cost lives and they must reverse it or put it to a vote as soon as possible. “

A government spokesperson said the UK would ‘return to spending 0.7% of GNI [gross national income] on international development as soon as the fiscal situation permits.


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