MPs will hopefully soon have the chance to vote on whether the UK should restore spending on foreign aid to the mandated level of 0.7% of GNI (gross national income). This is surely the right thing to do. First, the arguments in favour of cutting the target to 0.5% are weak. The Government’s case is … Continue reading Why I’d vote against the cuts to UK aid
According to The Times, the Treasury is pressing for foreign aid to be cut 'temporarily' from 0.7% of GDP to 0.5% as part of next Wednesday’s Spending Review. I think this would be a mistake. By way of background, the International Development Act of 2015 commits the government to spend 0.7% of national income on … Continue reading ‘Global Britain’ shouldn’t be taking an axe to foreign aid
FYI, here are some hard data on UK poverty, with links to the original sources (unfiltered by pro/anti-Tory newspapers, think tanks, or UN rapporteurs...). First, trends in inequality and child poverty in the UK (before the pandemic, obviously, but also before the surge in government spending on job subsidies and welfare payments). (Source) Second, a … Continue reading Some facts on poverty in the UK
I first visited a food bank in 2017 at the invitation of the Trussell Trust, the admirable charity which runs the UK’s largest network of emergency centres providing food to people in crisis. Since then the use of their food banks has continued to grow rapidly, largely due to problems in the benefits system and the transition to … Continue reading Should we try to do without food banks?