Aid organisations welcome reappointment of Priti Patel

Written by Matt Ritchie

A group of leading UK aid organisations has welcomed the reappointment of Priti Patel as Secretary of State for International Development.

However, the group has called on the Secretary of State not to act unilaterally on UK aid reform.

Save the Children, UNICEF UK, Oxfam GB, ONE, Christian Aid, Water Aid, Tearfund, CAFOD, Concern Worldwide, Plan International UK, Restless Development, IRC, RESULTS, VSO, and Comic Relief issued a statement marking the reappointment.

The organisations said British aid and leadership in tackling poverty and hunger are needed more than ever at a time when the world is facing the largest refugee crisis since the Second World War and four countries stand on the brink of famine.

“If the Government is serious about delivering on their manifesto promise to eradicate poverty and save children’s lives, it is vital that they put the needs of the poorest first – negotiating the reform of UK aid on their behalf, and resisting any temptation to act unilaterally,” the statement said.

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