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Reality behind aid cut figures revealed

19 July 2022

Over nine million women and girls will not have access to contraception as a result of just one example of the effects of cuts in UK aid officially confirmed for the first time today, the International Development Committee said.

This lack of contraception will lead to 8000 maternal deaths and over four million unplanned pregnancies, according to evidence submitted to the IDC by CARE International, an international charity.

The cuts in UK aid – from 0.7% of national income to 0.5%, implemented from 2021 - were confirmed today when the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) officially reported to Parliament, as it is required to do by UK law, that it had not achieved the UN target for countries to spend 0.7% of their national income on aid.

Other examples of evidence submitted to the IDC about the effects of the UK aid cuts include:

  • 11 million children under five and women will be at risk of malnutrition; and
  • nearly four million fewer girls will have access to a decent education

The Chair of the International Development Committee, Sarah Champion MP said:

“This is the reality of the aid cuts. With a few strokes of a keyboard the Foreign Office has today reported that the 0.7% target for UK aid has been missed.

“But look at the real-world results. Nine million women and girls will now lack family planning support. There will be unwanted pregnancies. There will be children going hungry.

“It’s a bad day for the UK’s reputation around the world, and a bad day for the positive work we could be doing in countries much poorer than our own”.

Note

The FCDO today submitted a written ministerial statement explaining why the target, stipulated in a 2015 law, of 0.7% of Gross National Income spent on Official Development Assistance was not met in 2021.

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