Church members and supporters of Christian Aid in Kings Langley have lobbied Hemel Hempstead MP Mike Penning to act on behalf of the world’s poor at the G8 summit to be held in Northern Ireland in June.
A letter signed by 74 supporters was presented to the MP at the House of Commons by local Christian Aid Committee members Harold Taylor and Paul Tucker.
The letter said: “As Christians we are most concerned that two million children die from malnutrition every year and 900 million people go hungry every day because they are too poor to buy enough food.”
They asked Mike Penning to write to both the Prime Minster and the Chancellor to take specific measures to provide support to the most vulnerable in our world
As the UK government will meet the UN target that countries should aim to provide 0.7 per cent of their gross national income in aid, they urge the government to take a moral lead and encourage the other members of the G8 to do so as well.
They also believe this achievement should be enshrined in UK law.
Local chair Paul Tucker said: “We also asked him to take up with the Chancellor the real concern about the estimated $160 billion that is lost to developing countries through tax avoidance.
“Because some companies organise their accounts in such a way as to avoid paying tax where it is earned, precious money is lost to health, education and development. We were pleased that Mike said he would be taking this up with the Chancellor.”
Mr Penning also agreed to raise with the Secretary of State for International Development the suggestion that the Government again ‘match funds’ the first £5m raised by Christian Aid supporters during Christian Aid week.
In doing this last year the Government recognised Christian Aid’s effectiveness in getting aid to where it is most needed by using partners on the ground.