Oxfam Budget Reaction on Overseas Aid and UK Poverty

20th Mar 2013

In response to today's Budget and the announcement that the UK will reach 0.7% on overseas aid Ben Phillips, Oxfam's Director of Campaigns, said: 

"This decision to meet Britain's aid promise won't just change lives it will save lives. Millions of children in poorer countries will now survive illnesses, go to school and have enough to eat because of the difference that Britain has made today. 

"All of the people, charities and faith groups who have come together from across the country as the Enough Food IF campaign, to call on the government to fulfil their promises to world's poorest people, can be proud that their actions have helped to make today possible. 

"This commitment shows Britain at its best, a nation with an Olympic spirit that champions helping others, called to make Poverty History and to Drop the Debt, and continues to raise record amounts for Comic Relief."

In response to UK poverty and tax measures announced in today's Budget Ben Phillips, Oxfam's Director of Campaigns, said: 

"Raising the tax threshold will do almost nothing for those on the lowest incomes and indeed offers more to higher earners. The 1 per cent cap on working age benefits and other looming welfare cuts are going to hit the incomes of the least well off and could push 200,000 more families below the bread line. 

The government need to go further to make sure companies and individuals pay their share of tax in the UK, so they are shouldering the burden of austerity rather than the poorest people here who can little afford it."

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For more information, or to arrange an interview with Ben Phillips, please contact: Sarah Dransfield. Oxfam Press Officer on 01865 472269, 07767 085636 or email sdransfield@oxfam.org.uk

Notes to editors:

According to the IPPR, reforms to welfare made in the 2012 autumn statement will increase the number of children, adults and households living in poverty by 200,000 in 2017/18.