Jean and I are the CAFOD focal points for Christ The King. We try to promote CAFOD’s role within the parish, and an important part of this is providing information that may be useful or helpful to any who wish to find out about CAFOD’s work. We will use this spot on the parish web-site to say a bit more about events or campaigns, or meetings that we have attended, and try to give a picture that’s fuller than can be put in the bulletin or pinned to the noticeboard. We hope you find it interesting and, maybe, useful. We’ll update it weekly or fortnightly and would welcome any thoughts or questions you may have in response – our number is 419439. Mark Wallis
The government has announced as part of its latest spending review that it will renege on its pledge to spend 0.7 per cent of national income on foreign aid. The news means that UK support for the poorest people around the world will be slashed by billions of pounds at a time when the coronavirus pandemic threatens to push more than 100 million people into extreme poverty. Plans to cut the UK’s overseas aid budget signal the UK government has “turned its back on the world”, according to CAFOD Director Christine Allen. Allen said there was “no argument” for the government to scrap its commitment to supporting the world’s poorest communities. CAFOD’s Director was one of dozens of leaders from different charities, faith groups and political parties to criticise the announcement. Allen added: “We recognise the economic challenges we face at home, but when the government has increased spending on defence, there can be no argument to reduce spending on the means to tackle conflict and its causes. “Yet despite our wealth, this government has decided to take money from the world’s poorest.” With the announcement of cuts to the UK aid budget, it is more important than ever that every penny of UK aid is spent on tackling global poverty. Allen’s statement insists that the UK government ensure UK aid is “always used to tackle global poverty”.