London: Rishi Sunak, the newly-appointed British Prime Minister, might freeze the country’s foreign aid budget for an additional two years, as per media reports. Britain’s spending on foreign aid is set at 0.5 percent of national income. The government had cut its foreign aid spending two years ago as the country faced a huge hit to public finances due to the coronavirus pandemic.
FOREIGN AID SPENDING CUT TO REMAIN TILL 2027
Sunak, who was finance minister at the time, had said last year that foreign spending should return to 0.7 per cent of economic output by 2024-2025. However, according to the Telegraph report, officials are considering extending the foreign aid spending cut by another two years to 2026-2027.
“All spending decisions will be considered in the round by the Prime Minster and Chancellor at the Autumn Statement,” a UK Treasury spokesperson said in a statement.
The report added there was scope for deeper cuts along with an option to peg foreign aid spending to inflation for three years in the future. The report comes as the government draws up spending cuts and cancels tax cuts as the rising cost of mortgages, food, fuel and heating squeezes many household budgets.
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