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PremierLeague-News.Com - The UN children's fund said on Saturday it was 'deeply concerned' by the decision to slash aid funding
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Unicef warns children ‘will suffer the consequences’ after it emerged its UK funding is to be cut by 60 per cent.The UN children’s fund said on Saturday it was “deeply concerned” by the decision as it urged ministers to restore overseas aid funding by the end of the year at the latest.It is the latest cut to emerge from the Government’s decision to break its manifesto commitment to maintain spending at 0.7 per cent of national income by slashing it to 0.5 per cent.The freshest exclusives and sharpest analysis, curated for your inboxEmail address is invalidThank you for subscribing!Sorry, there was a problem with your subscription.Facing widespread criticism, Boris Johnson this week insisted spending would increase when it is “fiscally prudent to do so” as he said the coronavirus pandemic means it is necessary to “economise”.Unicef urged the Prime Minister to reinstate the 0.7% commitment by the end of the year “at the latest” as it revealed funding for the agency this year would reduce to £16 million, down from £40 million.“Any cuts to these funds will have serious consequences for children,” the agency said in a statement.
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. However, we worry that children living in some of the world’s worst crises and conflicts will suffer the consequences.”Other funding cuts to have trickled out include an 85 per cent reduction to the UN sexual and reproductive health agency, which it branded “devastating” for women, girls and their families around the world.A leaked memo has suggested that the UK will slash bilateral funding for overseas water, sanitation and hygiene projects by more than 80 per cent – a move WaterAid described as “savage”.And a report by media outlet Devex said ministers are planning to reduce funding for polio eradication by 95 per cent.A Foreign Office spokesman said: “The seismic impact of the pandemic on the UK economy has forced us to take tough but necessary decisions, including temporarily reducing the overall amount we spend on aid.“We will still spend more than £10 billion this year to fight poverty, tackle climate change and improve global health.“We are working with suppliers and partners on what this means for individual programmes.”Additional reporting from Press Association.
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