ALTHOUGH Colin Moyes of Hamworthy (Echo 29 Nov) assumes that the majority of the population would cut the aid budget completely, I have to disagree.

This year has been spectacularly difficult for everyone, both here and abroad.

UK Aid is a percentage of our gross national income, which changes every year, and is therefore never more than we as a nation can afford.

Nearly 200 charities and aid organisations have called on Boris Johnson to reconsider plans to cut overseas aid by reducing it from 0.7% to 0.5% of GNI.

Save the Children, Greenpeace UK, Christian Aid, VSO and others urged the prime minister not to cut Britain’s aid spending while the world is in the throes of the coronavirus pandemic.

Ex-prime ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, and the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby are united in opposition to the slashing of the aid budget.

In 2009, when the world struggled with a major financial recession, Gordon Brown announced an increase to the UK aid budget: “This is not charity – it is investment in our shared future. We know that poverty and desperation is the father of extremism and terror. So it is vital that we do not withdraw from our moral duty to eliminate hunger from the earth. No one should be going hungry today – we need to act now.”

The timing of the announcement of the proposed reduction of aid was poor: in the same week Boris Johnson announced a boost to funding the armed forces - the largest military investment for 30 years.

What a strange world we live in.

Helen Davis

Poole