Bond supporters to bombard Brown on UK aid commitment

UK aid agencies and NGOs are to launch a campaign next week to badger Chancellor Gordon Brown to set a deadline to meet a 24-year-old pledge for the UK to devote 0.7 per cent of its income to aid.

The current Labour government is the ninth administration since Britain signed up to the pledge back in 1970 that has failed to create a timetable to honour it.

Members of Bond (British and Overseas NGOs for Development) and aid agencies will urge supporters to send postcards to Brown and Hilary Benn, Secretary of State for International Development, pressing them to set a date.

At a conference on globalisation last week, Brown made an impassioned plea to other world leaders to do more to reduce poverty. But an Action Aid spokesman said that both Brown and Benn dodged questions about a UK deadline.

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