WaterAid's response to statement on cuts to UK aid
Tim Wainwright, Chief Executive, WaterAid said: "The UK Government claims to be a leader both in the response to the global pandemic and in the fight against climate change and have promised to continue to prioritise both today, while simultaneously announcing a 14% cut to global health spending.
"We still have no transparency on which of the world’s least developed countries these cuts will truly fall. In many of these countries, billions of people live in extreme poverty, lack soap and water to wash their hands, and might not receive a Covid vaccine for months or even years.
"The countries in which development programmes are funded must be guided solely by who is most in need, not by Britain’s diplomatic interests, and those countries facing the consequences of the twin threats of Covid and climate change – which have been exacerbated by failures of wealthy countries over many decades – will lose trust in the UK Government as an ally as they see that our rhetoric is not matched by action. While we still don't know exactly where the axe will fall, what we do know is that the cost will be measured not just in pounds but in lives and livelihoods."
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