Justin Welby and Vincent Nichols condemn worldwide help cuts
A Christian Aid employee hands a bag with important items to a Rohingya refugee at Cox & # 39; s Bazar Camp in Bangladesh.(Photo: Christian Aid)
The Archbishop of Canterbury and leaders of the Catholic Church in England and Wales have urged the government to reconsider cuts in international aid.
In a joint article in the Evening Standard, Archbishop Justin Welby and Cardinal Vincent Nichols said it was "deeply worrying" that the government had "broken" its promise to meet the legally binding target of 0.7% of national production.
"This promise, which was also made repeatedly during the pandemic, has been broken and needs to be corrected," they said.
They warned that cuts in aid to countries like Yemen, Syria and South Sudan are already "doing real damage to lifesaving work".
"Promises – and truth – matter in politics as in all walks of life. Real damage has been done. But it's never too late to do the right thing," they said.
In their article, they said the pandemic showed how "connected" countries are and how much they are "interdependent".
"To say that the government will only do this if the fiscal situation allows it is deeply worrying, which suggests that it is in breach of its legally binding goal," they continued.
"This promise, which was also made repeatedly during the pandemic, has been broken and needs to be corrected."