Oxfam response to Lords report on aid: reneging on promises would hurt millions

29th Mar 2012

Responding to a report by the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee questioning the Government's aid target, Max Lawson, Oxfam Head of Policy, said:

"Reneging on our aid promises would deprive millions of the world's poorest people of life saving medicines, clean water and the chance to go to school.

"The Committee is guilty of presenting a false choice between delivering high quality aid and increasing its quantity - the Government can and should do both.

"Ministers deserve real credit for keeping our commitments to the poorest during these tough times - it is one of the things that allows Britain to hold our head high on the world stage."

Notes to editors:

- UK aid currently accounts for about 1p in every pound of tax revenue.

- The 2 pence a day that every person in the UK gives to the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria saves a life every 3 minutes.

- 485 children are saved every day by mosquito nets and malaria medicines paid for by aid. That is the equivalent of 16 primary school classes.

- The OECD estimates that reaching the world's Millennium Development Goals to reduce infant and maternal deaths, halve hunger and provide universal primary education require global aid to be almost doubled.

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