Overseas aid could soon subject millions more children to homework. In fact from 2011 to 2015 16 million extra children could be in school if the UK government keeps its promise to spend 0.7% of national income on aid.
But this pledge is under attack. The real scandal would be if the UK, one of the richest countries in the world, turned its back on people living in extreme poverty.
For decades, campaigners like you have been pushing our government to keep their promise to spend less than 1p in every pound on aid. Amazingly, we could see this become a reality with just one more push.
When the Chancellor, George Osborne, announces the UK Budget on the 20th March, we want to see this promise enshrined in law. And in the next few weeks, we really need MPs to publicly support this.
You can do something to help right now by signing a letter to your MP, asking them to encourage the Chancellor to make us proud.
As you may well know, if the Chancellor commits to hitting the UN’s target of spending just 0.7% of national income on aid from 2013, we’ll be the first G8 country to do so. It will make us a real leader on the world stage, changing lives and stabilising communities.
You could really help make a difference ahead of the Budget in two ways: firstly, by signing onto EDM 1087 ‘UK’s role in fighting global poverty’, and secondly, by writing to the Chancellor and asking him to keep our nation’s long-held promise. I’d really appreciate any support that you can offer on these two important actions.
Here’s why it matters so much that the UK keeps this promise:
We can afford this:
British aid in 2013 will continue to be less than one penny in every pound of national income.
Aid has made a huge difference:
Between 1999 and 2010, 51 million more children started going to school in sub-Saharan Africa, as a result of debt cancellation, increased aid and African leadership.
Now would be the worst time to retreat:
Among many other things, British aid will vaccinate one child every two seconds.
It has public support:
63% of British people say we should keep our promises to increase aid.
I really hope I can count on your support, and would appreciate it if you could please add your name to the EDM and write to the Chancellor in these last crucial weeks ahead of the Budget.
Thanks very much, and I look forward to hearing from you.