UK Budget 2013: International development briefing

The Budget reaffirms the UK’s long-standing commitment: international aid will reach 0.7% of national income in 2013. A weak economic outlook means actual aid spending will be below previous plans. UK also pledges action on tax havens in its G8 presidency year.

What the Budget means for UK aid

The Chancellor today confirmed the UK will reach 0.7% of gross national income (GNI) as aid this year, and reaffirmed that this level will be maintained until at least 2015/16.

The Government has been widely congratulated for delivering the long-standing commitment of 0.7% of national income as overseas development assistance (ODA), which enjoys cross‑party support.


In his 20 March Budget statement, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne MP said:

We also deliver in this coming year on this nation’s long-standing commitment to the world’s poorest to spend 0.7% of our national income on international development. We should all take pride, as I do, in this historic achievement for our country.