Dominic Raab says legislation is needed to cut UK aid spending

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Foreign secretary says fiscal uncertainty means target may be missed for longer than a year

The foreign secretary has decided legislation is required to cut the aid budget since the current fiscal uncertainty means the government may feel obliged to miss the commitment to spend 0.7% on gross national income on overseas aid for longer than a year.

Legislation would be laid, Dominic Raab told MPs in an oral statement, but did not give a date for doing so.

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