Third major cut in three years to UK International Development spending

Third major cut in three years to UK International Development spending


25th July 2022

It was reported today that the British government has announced a suspension of all "non essential" international development spending, marking the third major cut to global redistribution payments in three years.

The treasury, now led by Nadhim Zahawi, has reportedly made this decision on the basis of fears that the cost of humanitarian relief work in Ukraine will exceed the already stretched UK aid budget, so "non-essential" international development spending is to be suspended until a new Prime Minister is in office. This suspension will affect a huge number of people and communities who are currently being supported by current and planned development projects, and is yet another indicator that the government is failing to prioritise the wellbeing and sustainability of global development and redistribution.

Frances Guy, CEO of the Alliance says:

"It’s alarming to see another suspension to UK funded programmes. It is not acceptable to make the case that long term development projects such as girls education or clean water are ‘non-essential’; they are vital stepping stones to support people move out of poverty. Whilst we should support those in need from Ukraine, this should not come at the expense of those living in poverty elsewhere”.

We will continue to monitor the landscape of funding in the UK and support Alliance members and partners who will be affected by these cuts.