LONDON (Reuters) - Britain reduced its foreign aid spending commitment on Wednesday to 0.5% of gross domestic product from 0.7%, causing an immediate outcry from international development organisations and the spiritual head of the Church of England.
Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak carries the "Spending Review 2020" document as he leaves Downing Street, in London, Britain, November 25, 2020.
“Cutting the aid budget during a global pandemic is like closing fire stations during a heatwave,” said Patrick Watt, Director of Policy, Public Affairs and Campaigns at Christian Aid.
The 0.7% target, originally introduced by Tony Blair when he was prime minister, was a commitment made by the ruling Conservative Party in the run-up to last year’s election and repeated by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Prior to Sunak’s announcement, former prime ministers Blair and David Cameron had urged the government to retain the target.
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