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Hand washing demonstration in women and Girls' safe space, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh

Yeasmin Akther/CARE Bangladesh
CEO of CARE International UK

The United Kingdom's 0.7% law is tough love. Established by the UN in 1970, the law states a proud, rich country like the U.K. can afford to give just 7 pence of every £10 to help people living on less than £1 a day. It also means when we have less money, the aid budget automatically goes down. Estimates for national income have been slashed because of the economic impact of Coronavirus.

Because of the 0.7% law, the aid budget was automatically cut in July by 20%. That is a huge cut. To put it into context, the Institute for Fiscal Studies said real-terms public service spending in the UK was cut by 20% over the course of a decade of austerity. The UK Aid Budget was cut by 20% overnight in July.

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