Is cutting aid to vulnerable disabled people the right thing to do?
Through its own good work, the UK government has developed a reputation as a global leader on disability inclusion. The proposed cuts put that reputation at risk and threaten to wipe out years of recent progress in this area.
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Right now, the UK Government is deciding if these cuts will happen. Next week's planned Commons vote will come in the same week the government hosts world leaders at the G7 summit. Take action to make sure they do the right thing.
"The Global Disability Summit’ co-hosted by UK and Kenya governments and IDA in 2018 was a landmark moment. Under the leadership of the UK, not only did it galvanize huge commitments for disability inclusion from across the international community, it demonstrated the UK’s commitment to ensure we don’t leave disabled people behind in our international development efforts.
These cuts puts that at risk. At a time that it is greatly greatly needed – when countries around the world are still struggling with Covid-19 – a pandemic that we have seen to disproportionately affect people with disabilities. We cannot let this happen."
Tamsin Langford, Director of Programmes, ADD International
Legally and ethically wrong
Dominic Raab, the UK foreign secretary, announced last July a £2.9 billion cut to the UK’s aid commitment. The government also announced the aid budget will be cut to 0.5% of gross national income (GNI) in view of the pandemic – even though 0.7% is enshrined in law and committed to by government.