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Do not reduce the overseas aid budget (from 0.7% GDP)

Submitted by Bruce Edmonds on Thursday 19th November 2020

Published on Thursday 26th November 2020

Current status: Open

Open until: Wednesday 26th May 2021

Current Signatures: 4,714
(count is updated approximately hourly)

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Petition Action

Do not reduce the overseas aid budget (from 0.7% GDP)

Petition Details

There are suggestions that the Government is planning to reduce its commitment to giving 0.7% of GDP as overseas aid. We want to keep this foreign aid commitment, and maintain this country's proud record in helping the world's poor.

Additional Information

Helping the world's poor is an ethical imperative for a relatively rich country that consumes more than its share of the world's resources - it should continue to give some of these to help the development of the poorest - in both practical and monetary ways. All the world's religions and indeed humanists stress the ethical importance of this.

Furthermore, this is in the long term interest of the UK. Not addressing these problems will rebound back to the UK - we are a part of the world.


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