UK lawmakers to vote on contentious foreign aid cut
LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers are voting Tuesday on whether to overturn a big cut to the U.K.’s foreign aid budget, a decision that has slashed billions from programs helping some of the world’s poorest people.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative government announced in November that it would cut the share of national income set aside for foreign aid from 0.7% to 0.5%, citing the blow to Britain’s economy from the coronavirus pandemic.
High-profile Conservatives, including former Prime Minister Theresa May, have joined opposition politicians, United Nations agencies and aid groups in criticizing the budget cut. They say it will lead to hundreds of thousands of avoidable deaths in developing nations and that it damages Britain’s reputation just as it is trying to bolster its international influence in the wake of Brexit.
Facing growing criticism, the government…