‘Cut the aid cuts. Not gradually over the next few years, but now’ WaterAid respond to news that UK aid cuts will stay in place for another three years

Posted by
Alice Barnard
27 October 2021

Bernard Aryeetey, Global International Affairs Director of WaterAid, said:

“We welcome the Chancellor’s announcement that the UK will return to spending 0.7% of GNI on overseas aid.  However, the gradual return simply means millions of the world’s poorest people are missing out on clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene in the years to come.

“We estimate that 10 million people will miss out every year until the budget is restored. The Chancellor’s delay on restoration means three more years of dirty water, further infant mortality and the wider spread of disease for millions in vulnerable communities. 

“With COP26 just days away, vulnerable people on the frontlines of the climate crisis feel the greatest impact of extreme weather, floods and droughts. They don’t have the luxury of time – good water and sanitation is key to helping them cope. They need our support; not in a few years, but now.

“We call on the UK Government to cut the aid cuts as soon as possible, restore 0.7% and show the leadership that the British public expect.”


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