WaterAid responds to yes vote on international aid

The House of Commons today voted in favour of enshrining into law a spend of 0.7% of the UK’s Gross National Income on international aid.


12 Sep 2014 | UK

MPs in the House of Commons today voted overwhelmingly in favour of enshrining into law a 0.7% spend of the UK’s Gross National Income (GNI) on international aid, after a Private Members Bill was brought before the house by MP Michael Moore. 

The bill was passed by 164 votes to 6 and follows agreement from all three main political parties in their 2012 manifestos. It must now pass the Committee Stage before being debated in the House of Lords.

The vote is a huge boost for almost 2,000 WaterAid supporters who have contacted their MP in the last few days asking them to support the bill, as part of the Turn Up Save Lives campaign.

Barbara Frost, Chief Executive of WaterAid, said: "Our representatives have ensured that our responsibility to a global family of nations through our international aid programme can no longer be dismissed on a political whim.

"The world today is more closely connected, but more uncertain than ever. The impact of extreme poverty, climate change, conflict, disease and the destruction of hope in a country half way around the world will increasingly reverberate and impact on our own shores as well.

"The vote gives voice to our values; our commitment to a fairer world, a safer world, and our aspiration to end extreme poverty. We hope that our country's example is followed by other wealthy nations around the world."

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