Foreign aid cuts could undermine UK’s global credibility say charities

by News Update

As the Prime Minister urges global co-operation at the G7 summit, Boris Johnson faces condemnation from charities and some of his own MPs for breaking a manifesto commitment to spend 0.7% of national income on foreign aid. Some thirty Conservative MPs are threatening to back an amendment that would force the government to keep international development spending at current levels. But given the enormous costs of Covid, is that level of spending sustainable? Our Economics Correspondent Helia Ebrahimi reports.

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34 comments

Jason Davis June 6, 2021 - 10:36 PM

Anything 'Global' has no credibility as there is no globe. We live on a flat plane.

Israeldiegorivera2 Genius2 June 6, 2021 - 10:37 PM

No to discriminative vaccine passports.

gerrabath June 6, 2021 - 10:38 PM

Wibble wibble.

Gary Priest June 6, 2021 - 10:39 PM

I’m from the USA and I cannot see how it is your responsibility to take care of anyone else but yourselves and a lot of people who are in some of those countries don’t have any interest in being a good friend to your country and ours so no you don’t need to give them any money just to make bombs to do bad things

Susan Wright June 6, 2021 - 10:39 PM

Tough our country is in need .

Isaac Little-legs June 6, 2021 - 10:46 PM

Our biggest aid recipient used to be the EU.

Pange3 June 6, 2021 - 10:46 PM

Charities that are businesses paying themselves fortunes. All they are worried about is their ridiculous salaries. Good for Boris. Charity begins at home and it is our taxes paying for it!

Hal Calaquendë June 6, 2021 - 10:46 PM

Leave the eu for a more "global" britain

norman kinnaird June 6, 2021 - 10:47 PM

lets ask all charity,s to state the wages they pay out before any 1 gets a cent/dime/penny,,yes lets have the truth how much is sithoned away before any gets to the real so called charity,,for a start you have the figure heads that get paid,then you have the c.e.o.s.who get paid,then you have the managers supervisiors building,s etc,yes thats what goes missing before any cash food medical etc reach any real needy,,charity begins at home,lets house all the uk homless,lets also stop the food banks and give familays a food voucher for real food,lets see the nhs get proper funding,also lest see uk O.A.P.S.GET A REAL PENSION TO LIVE ON

liam June 6, 2021 - 10:48 PM

How about taking the 50 billion pounds back from Northern Ireland that's a foreign country

Pange3 June 6, 2021 - 10:48 PM

The UK taxpayers have been paying into this for decades and they still haven’t solved the problems and never will! Too many charities milking the funds.

Pange3 June 6, 2021 - 10:50 PM

It isn’t like the UK have stopped aid but reduced it. Devastating for the greedy charity companies payroll! Charities have been exposed

Pange3 June 6, 2021 - 10:51 PM

So what we still are billions in debt and paying higher taxes.

Jonzy87 June 6, 2021 - 10:52 PM

We give Aid wile they hav tribal wars with Ak47s Africa has some rich countrys China is Rich Russia can be the hero

Phi Green June 6, 2021 - 10:52 PM

Good, we need to sort our own back yard

Noddy June 6, 2021 - 10:55 PM

Look after UK first. F**k all the other scavenging so called poor countries. If you can knock out millions of kids & fight wars every 5 mins then you can feed yourselves.

Joe S June 6, 2021 - 10:55 PM

The charity gravy train should have been ended decades ago. All it had ever achieved was the poor in richer countries subsidising the rich in poorer ones and allowing them to indulge in vanity projects like space and nuclear weapons programs. Millipede rakes in aneormous six figure salary like many of the management structure of such self-serving blood sucjing organisations. Are we really making such finances available for it to be abused in such a way?
Charity begins at home and when and only when we have addressed all funding priorities n the UK, should we even think about doling it out elsewhere.
Naturally all the embittered former ministers are crawling out from under stones to undermine this well overdue policy change but realise what their true agenda is.
However it's not all bad news. GB News commences a week today so no one will be required to the woke propaganda drivel pumped out by the TV arm of the self-serving UK race relations industry Channel 4 Diversity News.

Michael Gorman June 6, 2021 - 10:59 PM

This is manufactured outrage. The truth is the British people overwhelming support the cuts.

ThewayICit June 6, 2021 - 11:01 PM

Cutting foreign aids, like cutting taxes will certainly win more votes for the Tories. Soon there will be no more money to help poor people in other countries other than what Red Nose day can scrounge up once a year.

ScottishRoss June 6, 2021 - 11:01 PM

Further diverging Scotland from the UK. Thanks bojo 👍

Turgid C Frogswell June 6, 2021 - 11:02 PM

All very well offering olive branches, but do you know how much it costs to import one now since we left the EU?

OG-GREEN MACHINE June 6, 2021 - 11:03 PM

“UK CREDIBILITY”?🕵🏽‍♂️
PFFFFFFFFT-BWAAAAAAHAAAA🤣😂😂😩🤣🤣🤣

Francisco Zurbaran June 6, 2021 - 11:04 PM

No to discriminative vaccine passports

Martin O'BRIEN June 6, 2021 - 11:04 PM

The truth . Johnson has no moral compass . He will go whichever way the
wind blows . Personal benefit rules this
vacuous leader .

J Stone June 6, 2021 - 11:07 PM

Boris is really a nasty spiteful mean-spirited piece of work. A privileged former Eton boy, who has never known hunger or deprivation decides fellow humans and wretched nations do not matter. What a snotty little pudgy ponce.

✡️RABBI🕎CAESAR🕎TRAIANVS🕎HADRIANVS🔯 June 6, 2021 - 11:09 PM

No not the gibz😭🤣

dean bryce June 6, 2021 - 11:10 PM

End all foreign aid

roisin malone June 6, 2021 - 11:19 PM

Britain must owe many countries in the world a fortune re all the damage its Empire did and re all the stuff it stole.

Elizabeth Britton June 6, 2021 - 11:20 PM

What credibility do you think you have anymore?

roisin malone June 6, 2021 - 11:24 PM

Britain helping countries when famines take place.

That is a joke, historically, eg the Irish famine, the Bengali Famine.

The Super Psycho Killer June 6, 2021 - 11:26 PM

Charity Starts at Home. Britain First.

Rohan Fenando June 6, 2021 - 11:26 PM

UK IS BANKRUPT

Weihaiblue June 6, 2021 - 11:27 PM

Great NEWS, keep it home

Paul Irwin June 6, 2021 - 11:28 PM

Ah, those caring, sharing Tory shysters, they now want to cruise to the poorest countries around the globe to gloat.
“This is what we bought because we didn’t buy food for the world’s starving” Gluttony – one of their favourite Tory values. Pinocchio Johnson wears his obesity as a “Tory badge of honour”.

How very Tory of Pinocchio and his brave gang of tax thieves and pickpockets of the poor & disabled. 🦹🏼‍♂️🍆🔥