Rowan Williams hails parliamentary approval of UK aid Bill

By agency reporter
March 9, 2015

Christian Aid Chair Rowan Williams today ( 9 March 2015) praised Parliamentarians of all parties for coming together to pass a Bill which commits the UK to spend 0.7 per cent of its national income on aid.

Dr Williams said: “We have seen an impressive level of cross-party co-operation on this important Bill in recent months, with MPs and Peers from all major parties coming together to support it. Successive Governments deserve praise for raising UK support for the world’s poorest people to this level.”

Rowan Williams, who is a member of the House of Lords, added: “Giving aid is an extremely practical way of demonstrating our love for our neighbour in need. I have seen the vital difference that UK aid is making to the lives of some of the poorest people in the world.

“This law will make UK aid more predictable and more effective than ever. We also know that aid alone is not enough. Now this law is in place, we should continue to focus on tackling the root causes of poverty, such as climate change and tax dodging by multinational companies in the poorest countries in the world.”

The International Development Bill was today passed in the House of Lords and is set to become an Act over the coming days. MPs gave strong cross-party support for the legislation during two votes late in 2014 in the House of Commons.

The Bishop of Derby Alastair Redfern, who is the Church of England’s lead Bishop on International Development, also welcomed the passage of the Bill and thanked everyone who has campaigned for it over many years.

“The passing of this Bill through Parliament today is the culmination of literally decades of campaigning by churchgoers across the country,” he said.

“They have been motivated by their faith to campaign on behalf of the poorest people in our world and they see this as fundamentally an issue of justice. I hope that everyone who has been involved in this campaign feels very proud today.

“UK aid does a huge amount of good for the poorest people right across the world. From helping them to recover from disaster to fighting corruption, preventing disease and providing education, UK aid changes millions of lives every year.”

* Christian Aid http://www.christianaid.org.uk/index.aspx

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