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UK to cut international aid?

The UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, recently announced that the government will reduce the amount of spend on international development from 0.7% of GNI to 0.5%.. This means that the UK government will spend £10bn on aid instead of £14bn.

The proposal generated significant cross-party controversy, with one Foreign Office Minister resigning in protest.

In order to pass the cut to aid, an act of parliament is required, while the large majority held by the Conservative Party makes a defeat unlikely, the discontent surrounding the bill makes it at least possible. There has been some discussion from Effective Altruists about exerting pressure in this direction, see here for more.

Will the UK government suceed in reducing its commitment to spend 0.7% of GNI on International aid?

Resolves positively if, before 2021/04/01, a bill is passed in parliament cutting the amount of international aid provided by the UK from its current level of 0.7% of GNI.

This question will close immediately before the parliamentary vote on any qualifying bill.

If the cut in aid is temporary, with a reversal to 0.7% or greater written in to law, it still counts as a cut for the purposes of resolution.


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