From Christian Aid
Christian Aid is delighted that a new law to ensure the UK spends 0.7 per cent of its national income on aid has been passed by the House of Commons and will now go to the House of Lords for further debate.
More than 140 MPs from many different political parties came to the Commons to support the 0.7 Bill, which was voted through by 146 votes to five.
“We’re delighted that the bill passed its House of Commons stages today,’ said Laura Taylor, Head of Advocacy at Christian Aid. We are also extremely grateful to the many MPs from many different parties who made this possible. They spoke up for thousands of Christian Aid supporters around the UK.”
She added: “British aid saves millions of lives every year. Enshrining the UK’s commitment to 0.7 per cent in law will increase the predictability of aid, allowing recipient countries to plan better and helping the UK Government to make smart long term investments.
“It will also allow the political debate to move on from how much we spend, to ensuring that our aid is as effective it can be. Putting our aid commitment in law also creates more space for a debate about how we can better tackle the root causes of poverty, such as tax dodging and climate change.
“Christian Aid calls on the Government to ensure that the Bill is now discussed at the earliest opportunity in the House of Lords, to give it the best chance of becoming law before the general election.”