We are deeply concerned at Prime Minister’s suggestion that some of the UK’s aid budget could be spent on military activities.
This is a crucial time for our commitment to the world’s poorest people. Tonight, one in eight people will go to bed hungry. That’s a disgrace.
In the next 28 days, we have a chance to take a big step towards ending the scandal of hunger.
On 20 March, George Osborne will announce this year’s Budget.
The UK Government has promised to deliver on the 43-year-old promise to commit 0.7 per cent of our national income on aid, a pledge confirmed at Gleneagles in 2005.
While aid remains a very small proportion of overall spending, the coalition deserves praise for protecting the aid budget when every other G8 nations is not.
However, the millions of people who support this progressive stance will expect UK aid to be spent on hospitals, not helicopter gunships and on schools, not soldiers. To be clear: not a single penny should be diverted to the military.