Charities plead with government not to delay law on foreign aid commitment

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 06 February 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e919
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

Experts working to reduce health inequalities around the world have urged the government not to drop plans for a new law to guarantee the United Kingdom’s level of spending on overseas aid.

Anna-Joy Rickard, director of the Humanitarian Centre, a network of organisations that work to reduce global poverty and inequality, told the BMJ, “We are disappointed the government has delayed their commitment to legislate this in parliament, which would have cemented the UK as a leading force against global poverty.

“We join with other non-governmental organisations calling for the government to stick to the timetable they promised.”

The Conservative party made a pre-election pledge to legislate early in government to commit 0.7% of the UK’s national income …

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