Archive for March, 2013

Lefroy: Budget delivers UK Aid commitment

In: Press Releases • March 20th, 2013

  • Chancellor confirms in Budget Government’s commitment to spend 0.7% of Gross National Income (GNI) on Overseas Development Aid (ODA) will be met in 2013/14. This is part of an international commitment first made 40 years ago.
  • The International Development budget is £8.8bn this year (2012/13) and will rise to around £11bn next year (2013/14) to meet this commitment.
  • To put that in perspective it is less than 1.5% of all Government spending; by comparison we spent £167 billion on welfare in 2011/12 (of which £74 billion was on state pensions); a further £30bn on Tax Credits and £12bn on Child Benefit.
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Malaria No More UK makes the case for urgent action with Professor Jeffrey Sachs

In: Malaria, Press Releases • March 13th, 2013

13th March 2013: 150 guests from the worlds of politics, economics, global health and entertainment gathered last night to highlight UK action on malaria. The reception at House of Lords was organised by Malaria No More UK and hosted by the Rt Hon Baroness Hayman GBE.

Local, global and personal perspectives were shared from key note speakers including world renowned development and economics expert Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Baroness Northover,  Government Spokesperson in the House of Lords on International Development and British mum Jo Yirrell, whose own story inspired a pivotal character in ‘Mary & Martha’ the recent film by Richard Curtis.

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