Preet Kaur Gill responds to ODA spending cuts to countries and programmes revealed in the FCDO Annual Report
Preet Kaur Gill MP, Labours Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, responding to the planned ODA spending cuts to countries and programmes revealed in the FCDO Annual Report and Accounts 2020-2021, said:
“After months of avoidance FCDO accounts have finally revealed the true damage of the callous and counter-productive aid cuts which are already cost lives. These damning figures explain why the government have been determined to avoid scrutiny .
“Following the embarrassing failure to rally countries as host of the G7, the cuts weaken the UK’s reputation around the world and show our allies and detractors that Britain under Boris Johnson is retreating from the world stage
“These revelations comes with barely a month until the UN climate conference in Glasgow and in a week when the Prime Minister has criticised other governments for failing to support low-income countries to tackle the climate crisis. They show how this Conservative government have removed any credibility they still had and left us all less safe by cutting programmes focused on climate and bilateral aid to countries already bearing the brunt of the climate crisis.”