13 June 2016 - Commenting on today’s Parliamentary debate about the UK’s aid budget, Tom Viita, Senior UK Political Adviser at Christian Aid, said:
“Today’s debate has showed resounding support for the 0.7 aid commitment which makes good on a 40-year commitment to helping the world’s poorest people. Well-informed scrutiny plays a vital role in keeping aid effective. Every taxpayer in the UK should be proud of what we’re doing to help those most in need.
“Of course, we must work tirelessly to further improve our aid spending. DFID’s aid spending is the most transparent in the world, but it’s important that other UK Government departments meet the same levels of transparency when they are using the aid budget.
“Christian Aid supports legislation to ensure that we spend at least 0.7% of our national income of aid every year because we believe this legislation is helping UK aid spending to become even more effective and efficient.
"Fixing the percentage of our income that we spend allows us to better focus our aid on projects that can best tackle the root causes of poverty, such as tax avoidance by multinational companies in the developing world, and climate change, which is hitting the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people first and hardest.”
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Notes to editors:
1. Christian Aid works in some of the world's poorest communities in around 40 countries at any one time. We act where there is great need, regardless of religion, helping people to live a full life, free from poverty. We provide urgent, practical and effective assistance in tackling the root causes of poverty as well as its effects.
2. Christian Aid’s core belief is that the world can and must be changed so that poverty is ended: this is what we stand for. Everything we do is about ending poverty and injustice: swiftly, effectively, sustainably. Our strategy document Partnership for Change explains how we set about this task.
3. Christian Aid is a member of ACT Alliance, a global coalition of more than 130 churches and church-related organisations that work together in humanitarian assistance, advocacy and development.
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