The authorities is reportedly planning to cut hundreds of millions of kilos from overseas aid given to countries in conflict zones.
A leaked doc obtained by openDemocracy stated civil servants had mentioned lowering aid to Syria from £137m pledged final 12 months to simply over £45m this 12 months.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) didn’t dispute the reported figures when requested by Sky News for a response, and stated COVID-19 had “forced” it to take “tough but necessary decisions”.
It stated it was “temporarily reducing the overall amount we spend on aid”.
The transfer has been criticised by politicians and charities, with some warning “people will die”.
They say there will probably be big impacts on points resembling terrorism, migration and refugee crises.
Labour’s Preet Kaur Gill, shadow secretary for worldwide growth, stated: “This is a devastating reminder of the true world affect the federal government’s politically motivated choice to abandon its manifesto dedication on aid may have on the world’s most weak folks.
“Cuts in help to countries in the midst of a number of humanitarian crises would trigger devastation, main some of the world’s most weak folks to starve, stretched healthcare methods to collapse and entry to clear water stripped away. Make no mistake, folks will die.”
Tory MP and chair of the House of Commons Defence Select Committee Tobias Ellwood additionally joined the criticism, telling Channel 4 News that terrorist teams resembling Islamic State and Boko Haram will profit from the UK stepping again.
“Perhaps we should explain it to the British people that extremism, terrorism, refugee crises, migration… will all be affected when we take these retrograde steps,” he stated.
Meanwhile, greater than 100 charities have condemned the choice to cut aid to Yemen.
The UK has pledged not less than £87m in aid, down from £160m in 2020 and £200m in 2019.
In a letter to Boris Johnson, the charities stated the cuts are going down with “no transparency, consultation or meaningful strategy”.
“History will not judge this nation kindly if the government chooses to step away from the people in Yemen and thus destroy the UK’s global reputation as a country that steps up to help those most in need,” they stated.
The FCO stated: “We are nonetheless working by what this implies for particular person programmes and choices haven’t but been made.
“We stay a world-leading aid donor and we’ll spend greater than £10bn this 12 months to combat poverty, sort out local weather change and enhance international well being.”