The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, has backed the UK maintaining overseas aid as the Chancellor prepared to announce the Government’s spending plans in the Budget.
The Archbishop was speaking as the UK government prepared to reach its target of giving 0.7 per cent of national income to the poorest and most vulnerable living overseas. He stated that “we have a social and moral obligation to help eradicate the unnecessary suffering of others” both at home and overseas, caring for those who are disadvantaged “wherever they live”.
He added: “We shouldn’t have to choose between international aid and tackling poverty in the UK. It’s a false choice. Loving our neighbour means showing love and generosity not only to the people down the road, but also to our neighbours wherever they live in the global village. When the poor and vulnerable are left behind then we are all worse off as a society, as a nation and as an international community.”
His statement in full follows…