Foreign aid spending cap should be kept in Spring Statement, GB News viewers say

The Chancellor has been tasked with tackling a series of challenging issues and Brits are set to deal with the consequences in what looks to be the biggest cost of living squeeze for generations

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Rishi Sunak is set to face MPs in the House of Commons today as he unveils a series of policies that will define his Spring Statement.

The Chancellor has been tasked with tackling a series of challenging issues and Brits are set to deal with the consequences in what looks to be the biggest cost of living squeeze for generations.

With ongoing tensions across the world, amplified by conflict in Ukraine after an invasion from Russia, the Chancellor has been forced to consider the Government's foreign aid spending cap.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak speaking during the Conservative Party Spring Forum at Winter Gardens, Blackpool. Picture date: Friday March 18, 2022.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak speaking during the Conservative Party Spring Forum at Winter Gardens, Blackpool. Picture date: Friday March 18, 2022.

A poll, exclusively carried out by GB News, shows support for the foreign aid cap to be kept in place.

A solid 66.8 percent of voters are against any removal of the cap, in a poll that amassed 4,020 votes via Twitter on March 18.

Despite this, a considerable number of respondents made their support for a removal of the cap known, with 33.2 percent backing such a measure.

Amid tensions worldwide, figures such as former Prime Minister David Cameron have called on the Government to dedicate more funding to foreign aid.

Mr Cameron called on the Government to “get back” to dedicating 0.7 percent of gross national income (GNI) to overseas aid, after it was cut to 0.5 percent last year.

Image: GB News
Image: GB News

He said the Cabinet should have a dedicated aid minister, who would be “100 percent dedicated” to the role.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has promised to return the UK’s aid contributions to 0.7 percent by the end of this Parliament.

The Government announced a decrease to spending in 2021, citing the economic affects of the pandemic.

The cut saw an allocation of 0.5 percent of GNI to the Official Development Assistance (ODA) in 2021, as a “temporary measure".