The UK government remains committed to spending 0.7% of national income on foreign aid, Dominic Raab has said.
The foreign secretary dismissed as “tittle tattle” reports that the £15bn aid budget could be cut to pay for more defence and intelligence spending.
Press reports suggest Chancellor Rishi Sunak will cut aid spending to help pay off rising debts in his Autumn budget.
But Mr Raab said the 0.7% target was a manifesto commitment that was written into law.
His promise came as the newly-merged Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office began work, with a pledge to protect “the world’s poorest” from coronavirus and famine.