Development aid: Great Britain freezes funds for international aid – Politics


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In future, there will be less money from London for international aid and development projects. The government speaks of a common practice.

LONDON – Great Britain again wants to spend less money on international aid and development projects. “The government is currently prioritizing absolutely necessary international aid such as humanitarian support for the people in Ukraine,” said a government spokesman when asked by the German Press Agency.

According to the government, it is a common practice to adjust the aid money depending on the situation of the household – for example to take account of increased costs. How much will be deleted initially remained open.

Last year, the conservative government had already suspended its statutory goal of spending 0.7 percent of gross national income on development aid. At the time, Prime Minister Boris Johnson had promised to top up again as soon as the economic situation permitted. For the time being, however, London is only spending 0.5 percent on development aid – the bottom line is that last year this already meant a minus of 4.4 billion pounds (currently around 5.23 billion euros).

“We remain committed to spending 0.5 percent of our gross national income on international aid and will return to 0.7 percent when the economic situation allows,” the government spokesman said on Tuesday.